The beginning of each year is a fresh opportunity for separated parents to re-evaluate their custody and support agreements. With each passing year, children’s needs and schedules change. Life changes often lead to a need for changes in the custody agreement and support as well.
With a transition into the new year, take this time to consider any changes needed in your custody and support agreement.
Are extracurricular activities interfering with the custody schedule?
Whether one of your children is playing sports and traveling for games or your kids are taking part in extracurricular activities that are disrupting the normal visitation schedule, it may be time to adjust the schedule accordingly.
Are the children spending more time with the non-custodial parent?
Especially when one of your children has reached legal driving age, it’s important to consider the possibility that they may start spending more time with the non-custodial parent. If so, it may be time to consider an adjustment to the custody and support orders to represent the new distribution of parenting time.
Has your job changed?
If either parent has a job change during the course of the year, that often comes with a change in earnings as well. When either parent has a change in income, the support order should reflect that. Not only that, but sometimes that new job means that the children are spending more time with the non-custodial parent. The support and custody agreements should be legally modified if this is the case.
Keep your child support and custody agreements up to date with an annual review and a petition for any changes.