Handling Requests for Parenting Plan Modifications
Parenting plans are the determining factor in how often each parent sees their children in divorce or paternity cases. At Peppler Law P.A., we are here to help you maintain your relationship with your children. We provide effective representation to parents in Winter Springs, Oviedo, and Central Florida for those who need legal advice regarding their parenting plans.
Protecting Your Parental Rights
We will protect your long-term interests as a parent. The family law system is complicated. We will guide you through your options by explaining everything in detail, as well as what actions we can take to protect your parental rights.
Parenting plans dictate each parent’s roles and responsibilities, including how often you will spend time with your children. Many parents request modifications of parenting plans. However, strict requirements are to be met before a change is allowed. The modification of the plan must be in the child’s best interest and is at the court’s discretion.
A Significant Change in Circumstances Is Required
In Florida, a significant or unanticipated change in circumstances is required to modify a parenting plan. Changes can involve:
A significant change in a parent’s health
The onset of disability
An unfit parent
Parental child abuse or neglect
Parental long-term imprisonment
Relocation of either parent
The court generally finds that a child’s best interest is served by having a strong relationship with both parents. They may also take into consideration the relationship of the child with extended family members, such as grandparents. Child custody changes affect the entire family. We will protect your rights and the best interests of your child.
Process of Modifying a Parenting Plan
The parent seeking a parenting plan modification must file a petition in the court that ordered the previous parenting plan. It should indicate compelling and substantial reasons for the changes and proposed modifications for visitation and legal custody. The court will schedule a hearing, at which time the parent requesting the changes will present evidence, including witnesses’ testimony. The other parent is served a copy of the petition and, at the hearing, will have an opportunity to express their perspective and contrary evidence. The court will make a ruling based on the evidence presented by both parents and what they feel best serves the child’s interests.
Finding a Resolution for You
We will provide honest advice about your options and how we can help you find a resolution. In some cases, modification may not be possible. However, we will always advocate for your interests and help you find the best possible outcome.
Our attorney has experience representing parents on both sides of modification cases. Lawyer Thomas R. Peppler understands the challenges you face. He uses his experience to help you understand your options while advocating for you every step of the way.
To learn more about your options, set up a consultation with our law firm. Call 407-792-6697 or send us an email.