A new school year can mean an entirely different schedule and more extra-curricular
activities for your child, but what does it mean for your existing child
custody plan? Working with your child’s other parent is the easiest
way to modify your parenting plan and custody schedule, however, they
may be reluctant to cooperate. These are some tips to avoid a child custody
conflict during back-to-school time.
Stay in Touch
Keeping each other informed should be a priority for parents. If a change
in school schedule does arise, a parent needs to notify the other to avoid
any conflicts or confusion. A shared online calendar can help keep everyone
in the loop. The calendar can include a current school schedule, extracurricular
activities, and project/homework due dates. If a parent is confused about
something, they can quickly and easily check online.
Try to Be Flexible
Things happen and you won’t always be able to stick to the visitation
schedule listed in your parenting agreement. If your child has a sudden
choir rehearsal or an unexpected football practice, it’s important
to be open to options. Create a temporary visitation schedule if a parent
has to miss out on scheduled visitation due to unforeseen events.
The best way to avoid conflict is by planning ahead before the beginning
of every school year or semester. Work out who will pick the child up
after school, attend PTA meetings, be available for school holidays and
attend extra-curricular activities.
Modify the Parenting Plan
If all else fails, you will need to modify your existing child custody
plan. Get the appropriate paperwork, fill it out with the revisions, file
the paperwork with your local court, notify the other parent and appear
at the hearing to answer questions about the modifications. If a judge
agrees with your reasons, they will approve the modifications.
Not all custody plan modifications will go smoothly, and that’s why
you need to enlist the legal guidance of our
Longmont child custody lawyers at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. We can help you negotiate visitation
around your child’s school schedule.
Call (720) 809-8310 or
contact us online
to speak with a lawyer.