In a divorce, your child’s wellbeing should always be the number one priority. After the dust has settled, you may think that the worst is over. This is not always the case. If you have joint custody but no longer believe that your former spouse is a suitable or appropriate parent, you do have options. You do have the ability to modify parenting plans. If your custody arrangement does not work for your family, then you can modify the child’s custody, but only if it is necessary and makes sense.
Very Well Family explains that modification is sometimes in the child’s best interests. Courts do not want to uproot children or interrupt a child’s life because of petty reasons. In order to change the support or custody order, you have to have a real excuse.
One such reason would be if your child faces any amount of danger A few considerations that the courts will look at to prove that child modification is in order are the following:
- Whether the child wants to leave the home
- Whether there is immediate danger
- Whether there is domestic violence at home
In addition, you may want to consider modifying the order if any one of you is relocating. When you change your physical address, you must take your children into consideration. You will need to make sure that the visitation schedule is not impossible, that the child’s life will not face interruption and that the moving parent is motivate. If the other parent is constantly ignoring the visitation schedule, then this is grounds that you can change the parenting plan.