Your court-ordered parenting plan is the playbook for maintaining your loving relationship with your children. But if the other parent refuses to play by the rules, or the game plan simply isnât working, you may have to return to court. At WalshLaw in Nashville, I assist parents with motions to enforce or modify their parenting plans. Change is inevitable, especially with growing children, so routine changes are to be expected. However, emergencies can also arise, when you need to take decisive steps immediately to correct a wrong or protect your kids. I have more than 15 years of experience in this area of the law, so I am well prepared to help you address any situation that may arise.
After weeks or months of negotiating, mediating, and/or litigating a parenting plan, you finally arrived at what you thought was a manageable agreement. The plan set a schedule for when the children would live with you and when they would live with your ex, divided the holidays and birthdays fairly, and allocated decision-making authority appropriately. The plan worked well at first, and you and your ex were completely on board with its terms. Then one conflict came up, then a cancellation, and then a pattern of missed appointments that raised suspicion about your exâs willingness to comply or the planâs suitability for your changing circumstances.
Given the amount of time you put in during your divorce, youâre understandably reluctant to go back to court. But, unfortunately, any improvised changes you make to your parenting plan are not enforceable. The old parenting plan stays in effect until a court order changes it. So, the longer you wait, the longer youâll be stuck with a plan that isnât working.
The good news is that changes to parenting plans are usually routine. Under the best of circumstances, parents can expect to revise and amend their plan every three years or so. The process of tweaking a plan is generally much less stressful than the initial creation. However, each of you should still consult your own attorney on the matter. I can advise you on how to proceed, help you negotiate the new plan, or at least review the document before you present it to the court.
More serious problems arise when one parent has not been making a good-faith effort to live according to the parenting plan. In my practice, the most common problems I see include:
Your relationship to your child and your childâs welfare are vitally important. If you feel your rights under your existing parenting plan are being violated, I can help you obtain an appropriate remedy.
When a parenting plan isnât working or isnât being followed, WalshLaw provides honest counsel and zealous advocacy in pursuit of appropriate remedies. To schedule a consultation, call 615-240-7457 or contact my Nashville office online. My office is located at 4535 Harding Pike, just west of White Bridge Pike and Woodmont Boulevard.