Although judges may award grandparents these rights, family law courts consider the rights of natural parents first.When either or both the mother and father are competent and willing to care for the child, the judge will grant custody preferentially to that natural parent.The child’s selection for purposes of custody shall be presumptive unless the parent so selected is determined not to be in the best interests of the child.
(6) In all custody cases in which the child has reached the age of 11 but not 14 years, the judge shall consider the desires and educational needs of the child in determining which parent shall have custody.
The judge shall have complete discretion in making this determination, and the child’s desires shall not be controlling.
At the hearing you'll need to offer proof that you've recently noticed a material change in family circumstance that directly affects your child's interest and well-being.
Minor changes only in living condition will not persuade a judge to approve a new custody decision.
In order to create a plan that works, you must work together. Co-parenting includes coordinating your schedules and those of the children, working together for visitation exchange, working out holidays and making collaborative decisions regarding the children. Remember, parents who created a visitation schedule jointly are more likely to comply with it than if a plan is imposed upon them by a third party.