As summer winds down and kids get ready to start the school year again, parents will be determining the schedule for sports, clubs, and other school-related activities. Music lessons, gymnastics, and other extracurriculars start up again, and kids are suddenly busy. Parents will need to review their parenting schedules and determine if any changes need to be made. If so, you should discuss the situation with a Boca family lawyer.
Changing Your Parenting Schedule
If you need schedule changes for parenting time due to your child’s new school year, it is important that you follow all necessary steps to implement the changes. Never simply informally change your schedule – even if both parents seem okay with it. One parent might later accuse the other of failing to abide by the official parenting arrangement, which can have legal consequences.
Instead, you have different options:
- Both parents agree to changes, and you have a lawyer draft a proposal for a modified arrangement. The court can then approve the proposal if it finds it is in the best interests of the child, and issue a modified order.
- One parent opposes modifications, and the other must file a petition for the court to modify the order. The petitioner must prove that there has been a substantial change of circumstances and that the changes are in the best interests of the child. The other parent can present arguments in opposition to the modification, and the judge will decide.
In any situation, you need help from an attorney when it comes time to modify your parenting schedule.
Speak with a Boca Family Law Attorney Today
If you have questions about parenting schedules or modifications, reach out to the law office of Juliana Gaita, PA. We help families in the Boca Raton area, so please contact us for more information.