Robert S. Hoffman
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Miryam R. Mitchell
Jennie R. Smith
Audra M. Clark
May Crockett

Annette Lewis
Natalie Roberts
Dawn Allred

Modification of Child Custody

At the Law Offices of Robert S. Hoffman, our competent attorneys and staff are cognizant of the fact that families change and grow over time. An order that might have been appropriate when it was originally entered may fail to serve the best interests of a child a few years later.

Fortunately, Texas law provides an avenue for parties to modify a final judgment affecting court ordered custody arrangements, periods of possession and access to a child, and decision making rights and duties in relation to a child.  A party may seek a modification of a prior court order upon a showing that there has been a material and substantial change in circumstances of a party to the suit or a child subject of the suit and a year has elapsed since the rendition of the last order affecting the child.

Ultimately, the court determines if the circumstances existing at the time the modification is sought give rise to a material and substantial change in circumstances warranting a modification of the terms of the existing order.

In rare instances, it may be necessary to modify the terms of an order within a year of the date that the prior order was entered, but to do so a party must prove that the present circumstances of the child will significantly impair his or her physical health or emotional well being.

Although altering the terms of an existing order may sometimes appear daunting, rest assured at the Law Offices of Robert S. Hoffman you will receive the guidance, expertise and support you need to increase the likelihood of achieving the results your family deserves. 

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