After divorce or separation, it’s often difficult for parents to get into a routine when it comes to their children. While both parents want what is best for the child, it may not always be possible to agree on what that means.
As you and your family learn to navigate life after you have divorced, you may discover that your needs have changed. When significant changes occur, it may be necessary to modify the pre-existing parenting plan you have. Some of the times this will be necessary include when:
One parent is relocating
The court may consider a modification to a parenting plan if one parent is planning to move. However, there are a few things that the court will look at when determining if this modification is in the child’s best interest.
One is the motivation for the relocation, and another is if the child’s life will be interrupted by the move. For example, will they have to change schools or move away from their family and friends? The court will also consider if the move is going to make the existing parenting plan and visitation schedule impossible or impractical.
One parent isn’t adhering to the visitation schedule
If one parent is not cooperating with the existing visitation schedule, a modification may be needed. Again, the court will consider things like the reasons that one parent may not be adhering to the plan and the communication between the parents.
Do you need a custody modification?
If you believe you need a custody modification for your parenting plan, don’t expect this to be an easy process unless your co-parent agrees. If you expect that you may have a dispute, it may be time to seek some legal guidance.