When a marriage ends and children are involved, the issue of child custody can be quite difficult and trying. Resolving what is in the best interests of the child is not a simple or straightforward task. All of the following are part of the construction of a "parenting plan:"
Whether they are called custody decrees or residential schedules the underlying concept is the same, a court agreed and legal definition of the child custody rights of the individuals involved. These are decided in the final court order and to modify or change this order requires the filing of a petition requesting a modification in that order. Times and circumstances can change significantly and so the rules of the existing custody plan can require minor modification or even a major change such as who has custody can be petitioned for. Getting such a change made is a common task that a Fort Myers divorce attorney will be called upon to perform.
At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, we are very involved in the ongoing management of our client's needs in family law. Families grow and change over time and even when parents have divorced, there remains the need to maintain a healthy and beneficial structure for any children. Often this requires changing the terms of a child custody order. In this circumstance, the parties are requesting a new Parenting Plan to be signed and agreed upon by the court.
To shift the physical custody from one parent to the other would require petitioning the court and getting a new parenting plan approved. This is not always easy. The parents can have serious disagreements over what is right for the child and these changes can be heavily fought.
Whether it is a minor or major change to a parenting plan you should have strong and professional legal representation to fight for what is best for your child. Contact a Fort Myers Child Custody Attorney for advice on how to best proceed.