Modification of Child Custody


In Missouri and Illinois, child custody and visitation modifications are a fact of life. After all, circumstances can change, financial security can shift, and it is not unusual for families to readjust as children grow and dynamics evolve. For all of these reasons, it is important to understand how to modify your existing child custody and visitation arrangement.

Putting the Children First

Missouri and Illinois child visitation and custody laws are designed to serve the interests of the children involved; therefore, it is paramount to seek changes with this goal in mind. In general, child custody visitation modification can happen in two ways:

Creating a consent order: the easiest way to modify child custody is to create a consent order between both parents, which alters the preexisting arrangement. This consent order will ensure that all changes are mutually agreed upon and enforceable.

Filing a motion to modify — alternatively, a child custody visitation modification can be obtained through the courts by filing a motion that demonstrates a substantial change in circumstances.

What Circumstances Can Cause A Modification?

For a child custody arrangement to be modified there must be a substantial change in circumstances. The phrase "substantial change in circumstances," is a significant factor when determining if a child custody modification is appropriate. Examples of qualifying changes can include:

  • Major relocation
  • Major change in vocation or hours
  • Major change in habits that may adversely affect the child (such as drugs and/or alcohol abuse)

You can also more information we have on this topic: Missouri law summary on custody modifications and How to modify custody and visitation orders.

In the blog posts, Child custody modifications and how to seek them: Part I and Child custody modifications and how to seek them: Part II, you can read more about modification of child custody.

Convenient Locations in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield

Retaining a highly qualified child custody lawyer can help properly position you for a child visitation modification or child custody modification. A seasoned attorney can also help you fight against an unwanted change. At Stange Law Firm, PC, the welfare of your children is always our first priority. To set up your complimentary consultation, please call or contact us online. We have numerous offices throughout Missouri and Illinois, including:

  • Saint Louis County: 120 S. Central Ave., Suite 450, Clayton, MO 63105: 314-963-4700 Learn more
  • West County: 1604 Manchester Rd., Suite 103, Ellisville, MO 63011: 636-200-6400 Learn more
  • Jackson County: 256 NE Tudor Rd., Lee's Summit, Missouri 64086: 816-875-4505 Learn more
  • Jefferson County: 16 Municipal Drive, Suite C, Arnold, MO 63010: 636-296-3060 Learn more
  • St. Charles County: 2268 Bluestone Drive, St. Charles, MO 63303: 636-940-5900 Learn more
  • Franklin County: 5 S. Oak St. Union, MO 63084: 636-388-0700 Learn more
  • Lincoln County: 20 Centerline Drive, Troy, Missouri 63379: 636-487-0088 Learn more
  • Boone County: 1506 Chapel Hill Rd., Suite H, Columbia, MO 65203: 573-303-0595 Learn more
  • St. Clair County: 115 Lincoln Place Ct., Suite 101, Belleville, IL 62221: 618-310-3711 Learn more
  • Madison County: 5 Club Centre Ct. Edwardsville, Illinois 62025: 618-307-7100 Learn more
  • Sangamon County: 400 S. 9th St., Suite 100, Springfield, IL 62701: 217-717-8605 Learn more
  • Monroe County: 116 W. Mill St., Waterloo, IL 62298 (by appt. only): 618-208-0587 Learn more
  • St. Louis City: 100 S. 4th St., #549, St. Louis, MO 63102 (by appt. only): 314-499-8340 Learn more
  • Jackson County: 2300 Main St., #948, Kansas City, MO 64108 (by appt. only): 816-299-4530 Learn more