Written by adminAfter a divorce is over, one of the parents may want to change child custody. Whether the court will change child custody depends on what is the best interests of your children. The first thing that a court will do when presented with a request to change of child custody is determine if there is an established custodial environment that the children have with one or both parents. This assessment will determine the amount of proof that will be necessary in order for child custody to be changed. Only when there has been a material and significant change of circumstances in the lives of the children or parents will a court even consider a request to change child custody. This is why it is extremely important for a parent to have a lawyer involved at the early stages of any change of child custody proceeding. Sometimes an initial hearing will be held to determine if there has been a material change in circumstances. On other occasions, a hearing will be held regarding all of the issues to determine what is in the best interest of the children. These hearings are complicated and clients should have lawyers assist them with presenting relevant evidence and testimony regarding the 12 best interest factors. A Friend of the Court referee might conduct these hearings and then make a recommendations regarding a request for a change of child custody. Generally speaking, a finding of fact must be made on each of the 12 best interest factors. Failing to do this will often present an appealable issue. Ultimately, the best interests of the children is always paramount. If you want to change child custody or you want to prevent a child custody change from occurring, please do not hesitate to contact our Troy Michigan Child Custody lawyers today at the law firm of Sakis & Sakis, PLC. Our Troy Michigan Child Custody lawyers are ready to assist you so call us at 248-649-1160.