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Thank you for your question. You asked how long after a child custody agreement is "filed" can it be modified. May I assume that you meant to ask how soon after it is made an order of the court?
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Thank you for that clarification. Under ordinary conditions, a child custody order can be modified any time there is a material change in circumstances. So, for example, if a custody order was made at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday the child's father was arrested and charged with running a meth lab out of his kitchen, nothing would prevent the mother from filing for a modification first thing on Thursday morning because circumstances materially changed.
Generally speaking, the courts don't like to see a modification requested until a minimum of at least six months have passed, but every situation is different.
If circumstances warrant a modification, there is technically no limit on how soon either parent could refile for modification. There's just a danger of earning the court's disfavor if you do it too soon.
Certainly. Did you have any other question?