Going through a divorce can be very strenuous, and developing a co-parenting plan with your spouse may be the most difficult part of the entire process. It can be very easy to overlook important factors or changing circumstances during your initial custody planning.
Your child’s needs are the most important variables to consider when drawing up your parenting strategy. There are a few common reasons why you might need to modify your co-parenting plan with the court to ensure those needs are being met.
Changing custody for holidays
As a divorced parent, it might be easier for you to adhere to your outlined parenting schedule despite the holidays. However, it could be beneficial for your child to make sure that traditions are upheld and that holidays continue to be joyful. You may need to work with your ex-spouse to make modifications for holidays throughout the year for the sake of your child.
Dividing college costs
During the heat of a divorce case, you and your spouse may not be emotionally or financially ready to plan for a possible college fund. As years go by and your child’s intentions toward education become clear, it may become necessary to come together to discuss how to split college costs.
New personal circumstances
Common life occurrences such as a big move or a significant change in income can affect how you divide parenting time. If you or your spouse experience a personal change that lessens parenting capacity, it should reflect in your official parenting plan.
Suggesting a modification to your ex-spouse may be difficult depending on the nature of your relationship. Consider consulting with your family law attorney for guidance on making the process as smooth as possible for both parents.