Unexpected changes in the life of a child or parent can render your current parenting plan ineffective. When this happens, it is necessary to follow the legal processes of modifying the plan instead of taking matters into your own hands.
You may think of taking the children away from your co-parent in light of the prevailing circumstances. However, your actions might get you in legal trouble even if they were in good faith. Violating court orders can bring unnecessary issues, which is why you must do everything by the book.
How to modify a parenting plan
If you and your co-parent cannot agree on the changes to the parenting plan or time-sharing schedule, you can file a modification petition in court. A judge will hear your case and determine if such changes are called for or suitable.
Usually, a Florida court will modify a parenting plan if it is in the children’s best interests or if there have been substantial and unanticipated developments. These may include your co-parent’s relocation, incarceration, substance abuse, and neglect of the children, among others.
As the parent seeking a modification of the parenting plan, it’s up to you to show the court that such changes are necessary by providing relevant evidence to back your claims.
Understand how the modification process works in Florida
Modifying a parenting plan in Florida involves a fair bit of legal paperwork and court procedures that you need to get through. Learning more about how it all works and what you can do to increase your chances of a successful petition will go a long way in helping your modification case. It is also advisable to reach out for legal assistance.