Oklahoma City Modifications Lawyer
A modification action is a legal proceeding in which a party to a prior divorce or paternity action seeks to modify a portion of the court’s previous order. Most often, a party seeks to modify the custody determination, visitation, or child support ordered by the court. Modification of most court orders requires a material change in circumstances surrounding the minor child(ren).
Modification of a previous order of the court can be an “uphill battle” in terms of convincing the court a change in the original order is necessary. This is where it pays to have an experienced trial attorney in your corner, advocating for you throughout the process.
If a party to a custody or visitation proceeding becomes aware of a situation regarding their minor child(ren) that warrants an immediate change in physical custody, that party can file a motion for an emergency custody hearing with the court. The court must hold a hearing on the motion within seventy-two (72) hours of receiving it. At the hearing, the moving party is required to show the court that the child is in surroundings that endanger the his or her safety, and, if these conditions were to continue, the child would likely suffer irreparable harm as a result. Courts generally consider drug use by a parent, domestic violence in parent’s home, or instances of child abuse or neglect to be surroundings that endanger the child’s safety and cause irreparable harm.
At Rockett Law Office, we are well-versed in advocating for clients in modification actions and emergency custody hearings. We will fight for you in and out of the courtroom, and advise you as to your best interests throughout the entire process. If you need an attorney to advocate for you in a modification action or emergency custody hearing, call Rockett Law Office at (405) 529-6005 to schedule a consultation.