When you got your divorce, you had a different job and different days off. You've kept to your child custody plan, but in reality, you're not seeing much of your child. In fact, much of the time, your child is going to a babysitter or staying with your family, which doesn't give you much time with him at all.
This isn't fair to you or your child, so you want to seek out an adjustment and modification to your child custody arrangements. Would the court allow it? What steps do you need to take? Here are a few things you need to know.
1. Changes to parenting time can impact child support
If you are planning to take on more time with your child, you may see a decrease in what you pay to the other parent in child support. On the other hand, if you have to cut back how much you see your child, you may end up paying more. You will need to bring a financial affidavit to court to show what you earn as well as your current debts, assets and expenses.
2. Modifying parent time is great for changing needs
Courts do allow for the modification of parenting time, because things change over time. Since you have a new job, that's a change major enough to prompt a modification. If you and your ex-spouse can agree on changes, then you can submit the agreement to the court for approval. Remember, you can only make major modifications once every two years.
3. The court has the final say
It's best to bring as much evidence of your new work schedule and the schedule you'd like to create for visitation to the court as possible. The judge needs to see that the changes you're asking for are going to benefit your child. It may help to show how the change in visitation times can give you more time with your child, the opportunity to participate more in his or her life and to interact more with school events or other activities.
These are a few things to consider if you want a modification. With good intentions, it's possible to have your visitation schedule altered.