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Request for Order — Child Custody

A party may file a Request for Order or RFO for a change of child custody/visitation, at any time dur­ing the minor­ity of the child.  A final Child cus­tody and vis­i­ta­tion order are mod­i­fi­able through­out the child’s minor­ity when­ever the court finds a mod­i­fi­ca­tion is “nec­es­sary or proper” in the child’s best inter­est.  Fam­ily Code §3022.   The mov­ing party in a mod­i­fi­ca­tion of child cus­tody case must also show a sig­nif­i­cant change in cir­cum­stances once a final child cus­tody judg­ment has been entered.  (Bur­chard v. Garay (1986) 42 Cal. 3d 531).

The non­cus­to­dial par­ent has a sub­stan­tial bur­den to show that some sig­nif­i­cant change in cir­cum­stances indi­cates that a dif­fer­ent arrange­ment would be in the child’s best inter­est.  (In re Mar­riage of Burgess (1996) 13 Cal.4th 25). The changed cir­cum­stance rule pro­vides that once it has been estab­lished that a par­tic­u­lar cus­to­dial arrange­ment is in the best inter­ests of the child, the court need not reex­am­ine that ques­tion. Instead, it should pre­serve the estab­lished mode of cus­tody unless some sig­nif­i­cant change in cir­cum­stances indi­cates that a dif­fer­ent arrange­ment would be in the child’s best inter­est. The rule thus fos­ters the dual goals of judi­cial econ­omy and pro­tect­ing sta­ble cus­tody arrange­ments.   (Burgesssupra, 13 Cal.4th at p. 38.)

A party should strongly con­sider hir­ing legal coun­sel in a Request for Order case.

This post­ing does not con­sti­tute legal advice as there could be many fac­tors involv­ing your case not men­tioned on this blog.  Also, this post­ing does not cre­ate an attorney-client rela­tion­ship with the Law Office of DeDecker & Meltzer LLP.

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