Single parents have a lot to juggle, even when everything is going according to plan. It's not the same when you shift from having a two-parent household to having a one-parent household. Even though the modern trend is for parents to split caring for their children 50-50, so the children are with each parent on and off for half a week at a time, those days when you're caring for your kids can get hectic.
During your divorce process -- whether you reach an out-of-court settlement or rely on the decision of a Florida family court judge to determine your parenting plan -- you will likely develop a parenting plan that honors the best interests of your children, while staying realistic with regard to what's possible for you and your ex's schedules. However, after several years, as your children grow and your and your ex's lives develop, that parenting plan might not always fit the needs of your family.
There may come a day when you have to make a modification to your parenting plan. The easiest way to modify your parenting schedule is to meet with your ex to brainstorm solutions that honor the needs and requirements of everyone involved. For example, imagine you have a child who develops an illness. Meeting doctors' appointments and caring for your child could interfere with you or your ex-spouse's schedules. Maybe you need to receive more child support money to help pay for your child's expenses, or maybe your ex-spouse needs to receive more child support money. Or, perhaps you switched jobs, and now you're working the night shift, making your current parenting plan unworkable.
At Law Office of Kelley A. Joseph, PA, we regularly work with parents to help them modify their child custody arrangements. We will assist you in reaching an out-of-court agreement with your spouse, or we will represent you in court to pursue the modifications you and your family require.