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Modifying child custody and other aspects of parenting plans

Divorcing parents in Pennsylvania have a lot of decisions to make regarding how their split will affect their children. Child custody, financial support and a myriad of other details, both big and small, have to be figured out before any court orders can be obtained. When all of the details are ironed out, the final information is usually laid out in a parenting plan which, if approved, will become a court order. If necessary, down the line, these plans can be modified.

Parenting plans contain a lot of information. Not only do they give specifics about custody, visitation and support, they may also contain ground rules to which both parents must abide -- such as setting acceptable forms of communication and pick-up/drop-off procedures, among others. When creating parenting plans, it is important to not just think about life now, but how things will change as children grow. This way, a parenting plan can be written in a way that works for both parents for years to come.

There are some things that are not predictable in life, though. No one can know if unemployment, illness or any other major event will occur that will disrupt one's life. These things do happen, and when they do, parenting plans may need to be adjusted. This is possible by seeking a modification in court.

Obtaining a modification to child custody or any other aspect of a parenting plan is not always easy. The parent requesting the adjustment will have to provide proof of a change in circumstances and will likely have to provide a new parenting plan for consideration. Those in Pennsylvania who find themselves needing to modify their current court orders do no have to go through all of this alone. Legal counsel can help with preparing a new parenting plan and will be able to present one's case in court.

Source: goodmenproject.com, "When Life Happens: Making Changes To Your Parenting Plan", Feb. 2, 2017

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