You and your ex-spouse set up your child custody schedule a few years ago, and it’s worked for a long time. Now that your child is going to be going to school, you need to modify your schedule, or you won’t get as much time with your child.
Your ex-spouse was on board at first, but after thinking about it, they said they liked the plan as it is. They get time with your child on the weekends and through the week, but because of the new school schedule, you’ll barely see them at all. You feel this is completely unfair.
You may want to look into modifying your custody schedule through the court. To do this, you’ll need to file a petition to modify your custody order. You and the other parent will need to attend a custody hearing and present both of your arguments to the judge. You should be well-prepared for this hearing, because the information you provide will be used to determine if the modified plan is accepted.
What do you need to show to seek a modification?
To seek a modification, you should be able to show that there has been a major change in your life or your child’s life. In this case, you should show that your child attending school is affecting your custody schedule and calls for adjustments. Explain why the schedule you have now won’t give you enough time with your child or conflicts with your work schedule. You should bring any kind of documentation that backs up your statements, so that the judge can make a decision based on the facts of your case.
How common are custody modifications?
Custody modifications are fairly common as children grow and change over time. When you initially set up a custody schedule, you may not be thinking about school schedules or extracurricular events. On the other hand, you might start off with a child who has lots of events that work well with your work schedule, but a change of a job could impact your ability to have custody on the same days or at the same time.
These things happen. Remember, children are in their parents’ custody for around 18 years, so it makes sense that there would be changes in their lives. With a good modification request, you can have a custody schedule put together that works despite the new changes you’re dealing with.