The main reason to modify a parenting plan or support order is due to a change in circumstances. As with initial custody and parenting determinations, modifications are rarely agreed upon. When parties cannot agree on the changes needed for the best parenting plan, the parties must take additional action. Modification is also the result when a parent faces issues of abuse or neglect, or challenges such as substance abuse or major injury/disability.
Modification presents a unique challenge in that the basis of the original order must be carefully considered by the court. Most modification matters involve careful consultation and planning. In most cases mediation or negotiation prior to court action is required. This is a critical stage at which legal representation is important to the final results desired by each parent. Even a parenting modification that appears simple may have far reaching consequences on future changes or child support.
We can guide you through the difficult challenges presented by modification matters.