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Helping Separated Parents Keep Their Children’s Best Interests at Heart
Following a dissolution of marriage or other ended relationship, former couples who share children are required to come up with a parenting plan in order to establish custody and other arrangements related to caring for their children in separate households. However, over the years parenting plans often need to be modified as the lives of both the parents as well as their children’s evolve.
If you are looking into modifying an existing parenting plan and don’t know where to start, Tri-Cities Family Law can help. Our Kennewick modification attorney Kari Hayles-Davenport and her legal team can guide you through the process, helping you to avoid frustrating hurdles and get the new plan approved quickly. We understand that you want the life that’s best for yourself and your children and that making such significant changes can’t always afford to wait—contact us now to get the process started right away!
When Are Modifications Necessary?
There are a host of valid reasons why a parenting plan that once made sense for a family no longer works the way it used to. People move, change jobs, take on new responsibilities, alter their routines, and go through other significant lifestyle changes all the time. Fortunately, the courts understand this, and so the modification process was created to allow former couples who share children to alter their original parenting plans after the fact.
Reasons a modification may be necessary include:
- A parent is moving out of state due to a job relocation.
- A parent is exhibiting misconduct, such as abuse.
- A parent has become too ill to care for the child or has passed away.
- The family has simply outgrown the original plan and has decided an update is in order.
A Washington court may also issue an order to modify a parenting plan if one of the parents has been found in contempt of court twice or more within a three-year period because they did not adhere to the court-appointed residential schedule, or if they have been convicted of first- or second-degree custodial interference.
How to Modify a Parenting Plan in Washington
If you, your child’s, or your former spouse’s life has changed in a manner that affects child support, visitation, custody, or another significant matter tied to your divorce, you can request to modify your existing parenting plan.
In Washington, courts may order parenting plan modifications if both:
- The life of a parent or child has changed substantially since the original parenting plan was issued, and
- The modification is in the best interests of the child.
This means that you can’t change a parenting plan just because you realize you realize it’s become slightly inconvenient; as a court order, the process of modifying a parenting plan involves paperwork and legal procedures and will only be considered if there’s a “good” reason behind it.
If you truly believe that a modification is best for you and/or your child, however, there isn’t much stopping you from requesting one. Yet, that doesn’t mean the process is always simple or straightforward. Consulting with a local modification attorney about your case and to help you build a new plan will save you a significant amount of trouble.
Get in Touch with a Modification Lawyer Near You
Going through the motions of legally modifying a parenting plan may seem unnecessary and tedious but seeking legal approval for such agreements is vital. If you don’t approve your new parenting plan with the court, it can be hard to enforce if your former spouse doesn’t uphold their end of the deal. The best way to protect yourself and your family to make any modifications official to save you from future headaches later on.
Our Kennewick modification attorney provides personalized legal representation tailored to each client and will work closely with you throughout the modification process, ensuring you fully understand and approve of every change before it is made. We can also help you uphold your rights if your former partner is attempting an unfair modification.
Learn more about how Tri-Cities Family Law can help by calling (509) 320-4899 now.
“Tri-Cities Family Law is absolutely wonderful and their team is thoughtful, kind, and understanding. Kari Hayles-Davenport is amazing and took me on at the 11th hour, did her full due diligence and stood up for me knowing all facts and mattes of the case.”- Talia W.
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Our team is prepared to go the extra mile for you. Contact the family law attorneys at Tri-Cities Family Law now to learn more during a confidential consultation.(509) 320-4899