The new year is just about here. How are your parenting plans looking? Will they continue to work as is or do you think changes are needed? If you think a child custody modification would serve your family’s best interests, now is a good time for parents in Massachusetts to start the modification process.

When initially setting up a parenting plan, the hope is that it will work long term. The simple truth is that they do not for a lot of families. There is nothing wrong with that. Life throws everyone curveballs; you do what you can and make adjustments when necessary.

If you and your ex both feel a change would benefit your family, you can come up with new terms either on your own, subject to final court approval, with the help of legal counsel or through the mediation process. If the modification is something you want but your ex does not, you may have to take the matter to court. Legal counsel can be there with you to present your reasoning and supporting evidence for the change to a judge.

No matter how you go about trying to change your parenting plans, legal counsel can help you make sure any modifications you are requesting are to the benefit of your children so that they will be recognized by the state of Massachusetts. If proposed adjustments are not believed to serve the best interests of the affected children, the court could deny the modification request. To learn more about parenting plan adjustments and how an attorney can help you with the modification process, please visit our firm’s website.