Is it time to seek a modification of the child custody order?

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2022 | Family Law

You weren’t happy when your former spouse received shared custody of your children. You have had some concerns about their ability to be an attentive parent. 

The Department of Children’s Services in your Indiana community contacted you, explaining that they were acting on a referral about your former spouse. 

Circumstances change in life

Life is dynamic. It doesn’t stay the same from one year to the next. In your discussion with the social worker, you learned that your former spouse had allowed an old friend to move in to “ help with the costs.” 

The friend contributed to the expenses by carrying out illegal activities while your children were in the house. The social worker also told you that your ex did not regularly send the children to school. 

Factors that can make a child custody modification necessary

By allowing their roommate to carry out illegal activities, your former spouse puts your children in danger. Failing to send the children to school could be another mark against them. 

The investigating social worker learned all of this information on their visit to your former spouse’s home. Now, the children are temporarily in foster care. 

This could be a good time to move for full custody

Several professionals, including the social worker and a judge, might consider the children’s home environment unsafe. Now that you know what has been going on, you decide it is long past time to request a modification of the child custody order. Due to the involvement of Child Protective Services, you have a good chance of getting full custody.