You are here
What if I have a court order and I want to change it?
You or your partner may want or need to change your final court order because of changes to your situation. For example:
- Your child's living arrangements have changed.
- Your child has new medical needs.
- Your child has new education needs.
- Either you or your partner would like to move.
- Your partner is not allowing you to see your child.
It can be difficult to get along with your partner. Small issues can build up and make you want to change your court order. Think carefully about what issues you want to take to court.
For example, it's best not to go to court for things like who has to wash your child's clothes after access visits or because your partner isn't always on time. Try to find another way to resolve these issues that can save you time and money.
You should first see what your court order says you have to do if one of you wants to change it. For example, it might say that you have to try mediation before going to court. Even if your court order doesn't say this, you might want to try an alternative dispute resolution process before going to court.
If you and your partner cannot agree, you may have to go to court and bring a motion to change a custody or parenting order. You must show a material change in circumstances. This means you have to show that your situation has changed so much that your order needs to be changed to deal with those changes.