Let’s face it, your life is busy. And, as your kids get older their lives become busy as well. Many times the activities your children participate in can make sticking to a set visitation schedule difficult. It can be hard to know what to do in these circumstances, because you do not want to risk your ex claiming you are violating the visitation order. The best thing to do is to try and talk it out and make alternate arrangements. When that is not possible, you may have to seek a modification of the schedule.
A parenting plan is established when your divorce is finalized. Typical considerations when developing a plan that works include:
- Family dynamics, such as whether there are stepparents or siblings.
- Whether the case is hotly contested, or whether the parents are able to get along and effectively communicate.
- The existence of any special needs for the children.
- The geographic distance between the parents’ homes.
- The wishes of the child when it is appropriate to consider the same, this most generally arise when dealing with older children.
A lot of hard work goes into coming up with a parenting plan that works for both parents, while taking the best interests of the children into account. Keep in mind Courts are aware circumstances change and that when they do the parties may seek changes in visitation orders. Presenting evidence that shows your need for a change is the first step in having a change made. Call one of our trained family law professionals today for a review of your case and to develop a strategy that fits your particular facts.
If you have questions about how to make changes to a visitation schedule, consult a qualified legal professional. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call The Sampair Group in Phoenix and the West Valley today to schedule your appointment.