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As children age, you may need to change your custody schedule

Child custody modification is something parents don't always want to think about, especially if the initial custody plan was difficult to come up with. Still, as children age and situations change, there may come a time when it's necessary to adjust your custody schedule.

Take, for example, the time that passes and the changes that occur between the ages of 7 and 13. At 7, your child may go to school and come directly home. They may have few afterschool events and be happy spending time in the house. By the time they're 13, they may have many sports activities or afterschool events to attend. They may want to spend more time with friends or be active in afterschool activities that require you to take them to and from various locations.

These normal changes in a child's life can mean that you have to adjust your custody plan. Not all parents have the time to take their children to school after their classes are over. Not all parents are able to freely arrange their work schedules to adapt to their children's new interests.

What do you do if you need to adjust your custody schedule?

If you and your ex-spouse can communicate respectfully with each other, you may want to talk about the changes you'd like to make and work out a new schedule on your own. You will then need to file the documents with the court for approval.

If you can't agree, then you may need to go back to court and seek a modification that a judge rules on. Your attorney can help you file the correct documents, no matter which way you choose to handle the situation.

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