1. Figure out if there has been a significant change

How do I bring a motion to change a court order for child custody, access, or parenting?
This question has an answer and 4 steps

1. Figure out if there has been a significant change

Look to see if you or your partner's situation has changed.

If you have to go to court, the court will only make an order changing your custody and access arrangement if there has been a significant change in circumstances.

You have to show the judge:

  1. There has been a change that affects your child or the ability of you and your partner to meet the needs of your child.
  2. The change must greatly affect your child.
  3. The change is something that could not have been predicted at the time the original order was made.

If you cannot prove a significant change in your or your partner's situation, the court will not make the change.

Some examples may include:

  • The conflict between the parents has gotten worse over time.
  • The parent with custody is always interfering with the access parent's ability to spend time with the child.
  • The child's new school schedule conflicts with access arrangements.

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Ministry of the Attorney General
Reviewed: July 31, 2017

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