Our attorneys are ready to help you make any and all modifications to an already existing Parenting Plan, no matter how simple or complicated they might be.
If you already have a Parenting Plan in place, the time may have come when you need to modify it. Modifications can include changes to the parenting time schedule, the decision making authority, or both.
Regardless of how the Parenting Plan was created, whether through an agreement, mediation, or a court order, Basler Family Law is here to help you through the process. Our attorneys aren’t just experts when it comes to Colorado child custody laws, we also understand the emotions involved in the process. We are here as your emotional and legal support system and ready to help you every step of the way.
Parenting Time Modification – What You Need to Know
As circumstances in your life change, a change in your parenting plan may be needed. Thre are many reasons you could need a modification. Some examples are you may encounter logistical problems as your child(ren) get older, whether it be transportation, pick-up and drop-off days and times, or the change in childcare needs. One or both of the parents might have moved, or the child(ren) could be performing better in school when staying with one parent versus the other.
Often, the changes to a Parenting Plan can be made through agreement by both parties. If the desired changes are being disputed by the other parent, then mediation is a cost-effective option to hopefully negotiate the dispute. If mediation is unsuccessful, you will go through a court process in order to determine if the requested change is in the best interest of your child(ren).
These modification disputes can vary in complexity. At Basler Family Law, our attorneys will help guide you through the modification process, always focused on serving the best interests of your child(ren).
Decision Making Modification – What You Need to Know
Modifying the decision-making agreement is a more difficult request. You are asking to either become the sole decision maker for the child(ren) or to gain joint decision making for your child(ren). Generally, the court prefers that decision making be joint. However, it is based on the specific facts that involve you, your child(ren) and the child(ren)’s other parent.
Because modification of decision-making is a significant change, the court has put a high burden of proof in place needed to modify decision making. Depending on the existing decision-making arrangement, the parent requesting the change will either need to establish that the change is in the best interest of the child(ren) or that the child(ren) would be endangered if decision-making is not modified.
You cannot just say that you meet the criteria. You must prove it. The attorneys at Basler Family Law are here to help you do just that.
Get the Help You Need Today
Regardless of the type of modification you’re seeking, you should never feel like you have to do it alone. The attorneys at Basler Family Law have the experience and expertise to guide you through this process whether it is a simple modification agreement that you need written correctly, or a highly contested legal battle. We ensure that your request is reasonable and will make a compelling case for the modification that you seek. With our help you are much more likely to achieve your desired outcome. You want what is best for your child(ren), and so do we.