Ask an Attorney - How Do I Modify a Custody Agreement?
In order to modify physical custody agreements in Iowa, there must be a “substantial change in circumstances” since the entry of the divorce decree or other original order regarding the physical custody of a child or children. The court also must determine that modification of physical custody will be “in the best interest of the child” or children under Iowa law. Sometimes a move, remarriage or new relationship that places a child in physical or emotional danger would meet the “substantial change in circumstances” and “best interest of the child” requirements, but not always. Changing parenting or visitation schedules requires a “significant change in circumstances” rather than a “substantial change in circumstances.” Watch this video to learn more about the legal requirements that courts use to decide when to modify physical custody agreements.