What is required in order to modify a Louisville visitation schedule or parenting plan after the divorce is completed? Your parenting plan covers every aspect of the parenting rights and responsibilities for each parent and with respect to each child. Children age, things change and in many cases a well-crafted parenting plan anticipates these developments and how the parties will manage them.
What happens if one of the co-parents fails to consistently follow the Court’s child custody and visitation orders or is acting in an irresponsible manner? Has one of the co-parents developed a challenge with alcohol or drugs? Has there been a substantial change in the work schedule(s) of either parent? Does one of the parties need to move out of the area or out of the State of Kentucky? Does a child who has reached the age of maturity want different arrangements? What are the steps to modify a Louisville visitation schedule or parenting plan?
The divorce and family law attorneys at Dodd & Dodd provide sound advice and counsel in these situations.
If the parties themselves are able to agree upon a new plan or schedule the proposed modification must be submitted to the Court for review and approval. In many cases it will be necessary to organize documentation prior to approaching the Court. Evidence of a DUI arrest or conviction, domestic violence, or drug charges can be obvious on their face when requesting changes. In other cases, it may be necessary to document specific incidences when the visitation schedule or parenting plan has been substantially ignored or abused by the other co-parent. The Court will need to see evidence of a pattern of behavior in order to act on the requested modification(s).
The primary focus of any attempt to modify a Louisville visitation schedule or parenting plan is the best interest of the child(ren). Resolving challenges between co-parents or simply working through an unexpected life event could involve at least mediation and ultimately may require the attention of the Court itself.
If you are concerned about changes in your existing visitation schedule or parenting plan we can help. We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our former clients and contact us or call 502-584-1108 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced divorce and family law attorneys.