You and your spouse worked out a custody arrangement a few years ago. For all this time, it has worked great. Now, though, your child is getting ready to go to middle school, and her schedule has changed. She needs to be at the bus stop sooner, and she gets home from school earlier than before. The new schedule doesn’t work with your work schedule, and you need to make sure that someone is there when she gets home from school.
When a major change occurs, it may be necessary to seek a modification of child custody. Your child’s old schedule may have worked while they were an elementary student, but now with extracurricular activities and a different school schedule, it’s hard for you to work things out with your same work schedule in place.
If you’re unable to adapt your work schedule, you have a few options. One is to talk to your ex-spouse about changing your custody agreement. If they get off work sooner during the day, it might make more sense for your child to go to their home after school, for example, even if you have to pick them up on the way home from work.
Another option is to petition the court to change your custody agreement. If your ex-spouse doesn’t agree with the changes you want to make or refuses to negotiate a new schedule, you may want to ask a judge to review your request and to see if it’s in the best interests of your child to change your current custody schedule.
While many parents can come up with a new schedule outside court, the judge is there if you need them to make a decision for your situation. Your attorney will be there to help you find a resolution to this issue.