You and your partner worked hard to craft a parenting plan that makes everyone happy. But life happens fast, and terms that worked then didn’t work for long. In certain circumstances, you might be able to make edits to get your coparenting back on track.
Cooperative parenting after a divorce can go a long way to making sure your child still has a healthy upbringing. This can put a lot of pressure on you to create the perfect parenting plan, especially since you may have to wait two years after ratification to make changes. But not all hope is lost if you need to make an alteration because circumstances large and small can allow courts to take another look at your arrangement.
Big changes coming
Drastic changes could give you grounds to take your agreement back before the courts:
- Relocations: If you or the child’s other parent are planning a big move, it could be time to adjust your documents. If the distance has a big effect on how and when one parent can achieve their visitation, you could request a change in your deal.
- Schedules: Life is ever-changing, and after a divorce this could be even more accurate. You might have set up your parenting plan with your old lifestyle in mind, but things change quickly. If you or your child’s schedule changes drastically and it affects your scheduled time, you might be able to get in front of the courts to alter things.
- Interests: Large changes can crop up unexpectedly and could have a significant influence on your child’s life. If circumstances change and the parenting strategy is no longer in your child’s best interest, the courts may let you take another look at your program.
No changes necessary
You don’t have to prove changes in every circumstance:
- Actual arrangements: If you and your partner drafted a proposal for shared parenting, but reality set in and real life is different than what you put on paper, you could get a change. After six months of a modified schedule that is approved by both parents, you could ask the court to endorse your new plan.
- Minor modifications: It’s hard to plan for everything when figuring out custody after a divorce. If your schedule is a little rough around the edges, you could ask the court to shore up a few details to make sure everyone is happy.
- Correct mistakes: The court could allow you to revisit your parenting plan if they didn’t have all the facts when approving it the first time around. If the court would have acted differently with the pertinent information, you might be in line for a change.
A great plan can lead to great parenting. Make sure the provisions you have in place are in everybody’s best interest when inevitable changes in your life emerge.