One of the toughest aspects of going through the end of a marriage could involve making decisions about what is best for the future of your children. Pursuing an amicable and acceptable child custody agreement could play a vital role toward meeting the needs of your kids and protecting their interests.
While creating a parenting plan that fits the needs of everyone involved can be helpful, what happens if a change in life circumstances affects visitation schedules? Knowing the scenarios in which it might be necessary to pursue modifications to an existing custody agreement could be integral to preparing to seek the required changes.
Change in life circumstances
There are a variety of changes in life that might disrupt visitation schedules and prompt a need for modifications to a parenting plan. Some common examples of such changes might include:
- Relocation: There could be a multitude of scenarios in which you might face a need to relocate to a new area in Arizona and if the move places a strain on visitation schedules, modifications might be necessary.
- Employment: Accepting a new job in a different location or experiencing a change in work schedule are two examples of ways your employment might affect your parenting plan.
- Child’s interests: It could also be helpful to revisit the current parenting plan as your children age and as their life circumstances change, as their needs and interests may change as well.
- Safety as a concern: The safety and well-being of the kids is a priority and should concerns about their safety arise, addressing the matters at hand could prove imperative.
If it is necessary to seek modifications to your custody agreement when you and the other spouse cannot reach an amicable arrangement, it might be up to the court to make the final decision.
When changes in life prompt a need to revisit a parenting plan and seek modifications, you may have questions about the next steps to take to address the situation. Taking every necessary measure to bring the arrangement in line with the interests of those involved could prove be vital to protecting the needs and interests of your kids. Understanding what to expect from the process and all your available options could help place you in a better position in which to seek the required modifications via the appropriate channels.