Many parents struggle with their visitation schedule or the legal custody they have; sometimes, this is a standard aspect divorced parents face, but other times it can warrant a legal change to improve life for your children, yourself, and your former partner.

As you’ve moved through family law after your divorce and child custody agreement, you’ve gotten a decent feeling for what is right for you and your kids. If there has been a recent change or you truly know the visitation schedule isn’t beneficial for your child, then visit The Law Office Of Ronald Kossack today. Our family law lawyer can help you determine what is legal and reasonable for your situation. Read more here, and then contact us today if you need help with family law.

Modifying Visitation

We know what it’s like: you’re trying your best to make the visitation schedule work in the first year after your divorce, and your ex shows up late again to drop off your children. In this moment of frustration, it’s understandable that you’ll want to rush off to your family law lawyer and make adjustments to your parenting plan.

A moment of frustration may not be the best time to change it — and you may not even be able to — but addressing this aspect of your family law case is vital. Changing the schedule to work better for either you or your ex is possible, but you must wait one year from the previous order before you can do so (unless there is a threat to the child). It doesn’t matter whether you’ve changed the visitation schedule before or not, but you must wait at least one year before you can legally make a change to this aspect of family law.

Modifying Custody

Modifying joint or legal custody is much different than modifying your parenting plan. Modifying custody can be making a change to legal custody (joint or sole), physical custody, or both.

However, you must meet extenuating circumstances in order to modify custody. There must be a material change that drastically affects the life of the child. These changes could include something such as a parent’s job change that negatively influences finances, available time, or living arrangements; the death of a parent; or the physical relocation of a parent (which would change schools and more for the child).

Obviously, those factors can influence your child’s life differently, and the court and your child custody lawyer can help you determine which factors could warrant modifying child custody.

Work With Our Family Law Attorney In Tempe Today

Our law firm in Tempe has the experience, qualifications, and dedication you want when dealing with family law. We serve clients throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe, and we will be committed to excellence on your family law case. Our Arizona law firm has been serving clients here for more than 30 years, and our family law attorney has truly experienced it all. Meet with us today to work toward modifying custody or modifying visitation here in Arizona.