How Difficult Is It To Change A Custody Order After 10 Years?

child custodyQuestion:

How difficult is it to get a judge to change a custody order after 10 years? I have concerns about the safety of my children. 


I am not licensed to practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general information concerning child custody.

Generally, changing custody of children is difficult after a divorce or paternity action is over. However, you mention that it concerns the safety of the children. Without knowing the circumstances that you find to be a safety concern, I can say that courts are highly concerned about the safety of children and will change custody to protect the children if they see that they really are in danger.

Before you take your case to court, you are going to need corroboration of your claims that the children are in danger. Think about what evidence you would present to a judge to show that you are conveying the facts of the situation. Are there police reports or school reports or CPS reports or criminal cases involving your ex-wife/children? Those are the kinds of things that may help to demonstrate the danger that your children face.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than general child custody tips, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your circumstances.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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