Parents may need to adjust custody agreement when school starts

Fall is back to school time, and this means both parents and children will be making schedule adjustments. The shift in gears from summer vacation to fall education can lead to considerable changes for divorced parents. When parents are sharing custody of their children, the demands made on the children's time by their schooling and associated activities can greatly alter how their time may be divided.

If the couple divorced just this past summer, then fall will be the real test to see if the conditions of their parenting time plan are satisfactory for all involved. In a recently published online article, a child custody expert offered some criteria that divorced parents can apply to help determine if their parenting time plan needs adjusting.

According to the expert, communication between parents is extremely important. This means that parents should maintain contact with one another regarding their plans that involve the children. This can be done by exchanging texts or even keeping a shared written scheduler.

Parents should also compare how they want their plan to work with the reality of the current schedule. There are a number of factors that could create the need to alter a parenting plan. For example, if a child is involved in sports or clubs, the time they dedicate to such activities must be taken into account. Likewise, a parent must also take his or her own commitments into account.

Getting a custody schedule to work to everyone's benefit can be tricky. When personal circumstances change, it may be possible that an agreement modification is in order. If you are a divorced parent who has found that your child custody agreement is in some way problematic, a Texas family law attorney may be able to help you get the terms adjusted.

Source: Huffington Post, "Back to School: 3 Ways To Tell If Your Child Custody Agreement Is The Right Fit," Bari Zell Weinberger, Sep 1, 2015

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