No matter how well you and the other parent plan and communicate, there will inevitably be times when changes need to be made to your child's parenting plan and time-sharing agreement. Maybe your work schedule has changed, and you need to adjust the days and times you have custody of your child. Maybe your child has expressed a preference for spending more time with one parent over the other.
Whatever the reason, it's essential to be prepared for modifications so that you can make the best decisions for your child.
1. Understand the Process
In order to prepare for modifications, it is first crucial to understand the process. In New York, modifications must be made through the courts. This means that you will need to file a petition, which will then be reviewed by the court to make a determination. Only court-approved modifications will be able to hold up or be enforced if necessary, making it essential that you follow this process.
If you are seeking a modification, speak with an attorney experienced in child custody modifications. They can help you determine if your change in circumstances could warrant a modification and guide you through the process.
2. Be Flexible
Once you understand the process, it is essential to be flexible in your approach. If you are seeking a modification, be willing to negotiate with the other parent in order to come to an agreement that works for both of you. You might have to compromise to find a solution that is in your child’s best interests.
3. Keep Your Child's Best Interests in Mind
Throughout the entire process, it is important to keep your child's best interests in mind. This means willing to compromise on certain things in order to reach an agreement that fits your child’s needs best.
It also means being honest with yourself about what you are able and willing to do to care for your child. Putting your child's needs first will help ensure that any modifications made are in their best interests rather than your own.
In Life, There Are Options. In Divorce, There Should Be Options Too.
Making modifications to a child's parenting plan or time-sharing agreement can be a complex process, but it doesn't have to be if you are prepared. At Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, our post-divorce modifications attorneys understand that your family’s needs will change. Together, we can guide you to a solution that is best for your child.
Learn more and schedule a consultation with one of our modification attorneys today by calling our firm at (212) 466-6015.