GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) - Many divorce judgments involve children who are in half-day daycare, or pre-school programs, or are home with mom or dad the whole day. Often, those judgments do not take into account the changes that occur once the child starts school full time or begins extra curricular activities such as sports or band. With school fast approaching, you may find the need to do something about it, but how do you go about that?
Thankfully, the Michigan Court of Appeals has decided that to change the parenting time order there only needs to be a normal change in the life activities of the children. That means that if there is a parenting time schedule that is simply not feasible because your child is now playing hockey for her local high school, it is okay to ask to change the parenting time slightly.
This is different from changing custody. To make a change in parenting time is easier then changing custody. However, it should be done only when the parenting time schedule is truly interfering with the new schedule. To do so you can ask your ex to agree to adjust the parenting time schedule to accommodate your child's needs. If he won't cooperate the Friend Of The Court can assist you in negotiating a new schedule. Lastly, if all else fails, you can go to the court and ask for a change.
Children generally get attached to a schedule and want to stick with it. Constantly changing the children's schedules can cause instability so be sure there is a real need before changing your parenting time schedule.
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