When a couple divorces (or a non-married couple ends their relationship), they create child custody agreements or Parenting Plans that designate who the custodial parent will be and when the non-custodial parent will see the children. As life progresses, so do the circumstances. And when circumstances change, you may need to change or modify the existing Parenting Plan.
If you are seeking to modify your Parenting Plan in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Law Office of Dorene A. Kuffer can provide you with sound legal advice on how to make changes, either in or out of court. Dorene Kuffer has practiced law for over 30 years and is an expert in matters involving the modification of existing Parenting Plans.
Reasons to Modify a Child Custody Agreement or Parenting Plan
An existing Parenting Plan can be changed or modified at any time, however, you can’t do this unilaterally or without consent from the other parent. You must show that a significant change in circumstances has occurred—either positive or negative. Here are some examples of life changes that would prompt a parent to seek modification of their existing Parenting Plan:
- One of the parent’s has a changed work schedule or changed job location;
- One parent has moved either closer to, or farther from, the children;
- Your child is expressing a desire to live with, or spend more time, with the non-custodial parent; or
- A parent is now acting or is exhibiting a serious lack of parenting skill. Examples are: alcohol or drug abuse, failing to bring the child to school, leaving the children unattended or unsupervised, etc.
As a child custody lawyer, Dorene Kuffer will attempt to negotiate child custody disputes outside of court. Her expertise in the courtroom, as well as being a divorce mediator and collaborative attorney, prompts her to suggest that parents come to an arrangement that is satisfactory to the children, and both parents. Coming to an agreement provides the added benefit of avoiding the high costs and emotions associated with court battles. However, as a seasoned litigator with over 30 years of experience, Dorene Kuffer also has no fear in taking your case to court.
Contact Our Albuquerque Child Custody Lawyer
As your child custody lawyer, Dorene Kuffer will act as your advocate inside and outside of court. She will work with you side-by-side to put your child’s well-being first throughout the child custody modification process. To meet with Dorene Kuffer and discuss your case during a consultation at our family law office, contact us in Albuquerque, NM today.