A divorce can easily become a long, drawn-out and frustrating process when there are minor children involved. When your divorce is nearing completion, a family court judge will approve a legal custody agreement.
Although your unique parenting plan is generally crafted based on co-parenting agreements that work for each party, the courts understand that life is dynamic and what works for one season of life may not continue to work into perpetuity. When this happens, you might decide to pursue a parenting plan modification.
Common reasons for parenting plan modifications
As your family’s life continues to evolve and change, it may be beneficial to modify the initial custody arrangements. In the state of Texas, the law dictates that parties wait a minimum of one year from the prior settlement before making any changes. Examples of circumstances that may initiate this process include when:
- A parent changes his or her work schedule and cannot accommodate the parenting plan as-is
- A parent moves to a new address that is too far for the parenting plan to be easily followed
- A parent poses a safety risk to the child(ren)
- The child(ren) grow to an age at which the parenting plan no longer meets their needs
- The parenting plan isn’t being followed as-is by either party
If you and your ex are able to come to an agreement that works for everyone, you may be able to modify your parenting plan with the assistance of a neutral third party. If, however, there is contention between parties, you may need legal assistance as you pursue a post-decree modification.