Material change in custody

Our articles are based on the child custody statutes. If your custody agreement is a court order, or a parenting agreement adopted by the court, that has the same effect as an Order issued or determined by the court. If custody is merely in a contract and never went through the courts, then the court would make an initial determination.

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I am in the middle of a moition to modify custody I have filled. I have been told that I must show a material change in circumstances in order for there to be a basis for a change to be considered. I have two mutually agreed custody consent orders in place. The court has never litigated this custody situation before. Why must I still show a material change? I ask this because on a page in your article “When can child custody be filed for or decided? Once child custody is agreed upon or ordered can it be modified?” … 6/faqs.asp
It is stated “where the parties had not previously litigated but had settled custody by prior written agreement, the court would make its own initial determination of custody and visitation without either party’s having to show changed circumstances affecting the welfare of the child. The court’s initial determination would be based, as always, on the child’s best interests.” Can someone please tell me where or what your articles opinion is based. i.e. statue, precedent or case law? thank you

William E Meyer