Child custody can be a challenge. Even when you and your ex create an agreement that works for both of you, there may still be times when it is stressful trying to parent your children from two separate households.
The process of divorcing and negotiating child custody may be in the rearview mirror. Still, there may be circumstances when you need to make changes to accommodate different life changes.
These are some of the key times you should consider modifying your child custody agreement.
Major life changes for you or your ex
Life is unpredictable. Whether you are facing changes because of your career or to support other family members, shifting responsibilities can mean needing to make changes in how you care for your children. A major life change can include situations such as:
- Bringing a family member in to stay with you
- Relocating for your job
- Moving to care for a family member
When you or your ex face these significant life changes, you may need to change how you handle child custody.
Significant changes for your children
Children are constantly changing. As they get older and more independent, they often become involved in more activities and need more support to help them get from here to there.
While you and your ex may be able to make some of the more minor adjustments over the years, there might come a time when it makes sense to shift your custody agreement so that some of the logistics for supporting your children are more practical.
Regardless of the reason for the change, it is essential to get an official change to your agreement. While you and your ex may agree now, if there is a conflict, it could get challenging if your custody agreement does not reflect your newer arrangements.