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Reasons to modify a child custody arrangement

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | Co-Parenting

When your child custody arrangement was first made, there didn’t seem to be any issues. There may not have been any issues for weeks or months after it was drafted. However, many parents change their custody arrangements over time.

You may be facing an issue with a child custody arrangement and need to talk to your co-parent about making changes. But, is it necessary to make a change yet? Here’s what you should know:

Your work or school schedule has changed

You may not be in control of when you’re scheduled to go to work or class. Your job or school may be asking you to come in during hours when you should be caring for your child. If these changes appear to be long-term, then you may consider talking to your co-parent about how altering the child custody arrangement would lessen your stress.

You’re planning on moving

You may be planning on moving. Maybe it’s a necessary move after your rent went up or you found a better-paying job. However, moving could create some distance between you and your co-parent, which may also affect your child’s well-being. You may ask to alter your custody arrangement so that, for example, you spend more time with your child in a month when you’re not traveling as much.

Your child needs routine care

Your child may have developed a medical or cognitive condition that requires them to need special attention. You and your co-parent may need to discuss how an altered custody arrangement that would give you more time caring for your child could benefit their needs. 

Your co-parent is struggling to keep up with the arrangement

You may notice that your co-parent is struggling to keep up with their obligations. You may need to talk with them to see if an altered custody arrangement would help them. 

When requesting custody modifications, it is essential to have as much legal information as possible.