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I want to modify my current custody arrangement. When I initially entered
into the original parenting plan, my work schedule was such that it was not
in my kids’ best interest for me to have time with them during the week. My
hours were crazy, and I was only able to be an every other weekend
parent, given the time constraints of my job.

However, I have recently gotten a new job, which affords me much more
time during the week to spend with my kids, and therefore, I believe it is in
their best interest for the parenting plan to be modified to reflect that
change. So what do I need to do?

Is there a mediation requirement?

First, I need to look at the original parenting plan to make sure that I don’t
need to attend mediation with my co-parent prior to filing a motion with the
court. If there is that requirement in the original parenting plan, I need to get
a mediation set and keep my fingers crossed that I’m able to reach an
agreement with my co-parent so that we can modify the parenting time.

What to do next

In the event we are not successful at mediation or there just isn’t a
requirement to attend mediation first, what do I need to do? I need to show
the court why it is in my kids’ best interest for the current parenting time
schedule to be modified to reflect the change in my work schedule.

The kids’ best interest

I need to show the court that it is in my kids’ best interest to spend time with
me during the week now that I have the ability to take them to and from
school, to take them to and from their extracurricular activities, and not only
be an every other weekend parent.

I certainly need to put my best foot forward and show the court why it is in
my kids’ best interest to spend more time with me given my work schedule
has changed. Now I can afford to help them with homework and drive them
to and from school, and so on.

So show the court it’s in your kids’ best interest and why it’s in your kids'
best interest, and hopefully, you’ll get a good outcome.