While creating a
child custody agreement or parenting plan during your
divorce proceedings, it can be easy to focus on the here-and-now and not realize that some
future circumstances will conflict with the plan you choose. In particular,
parents all across the country are surprised to find themselves in the
middle of a
family law dispute about custody duties during the first back-to-school season since their
divorce finalized. As summer vacations end and children need to start
going to school and spending large portions of their days there, divorced
parents may experience a noticeable shift of responsibilities and schedules
that cause everyone frustrations.
To help avoid custody complications during back-to-school season, consider
Schools: Where your child will go to school and what grade they are beginning each
play a major role in how your child custody arrangement might need to
change. For example, if your child is beginning junior high school and
you live all the way across town from their new school, it might make
more sense to assign custody to your ex-spouse, who lives closer to the
school, for the weekdays.
Occupations: The work schedules of you and your spouse will need to be carefully considered
now that summer vacation is ending for your children. Getting up early
and bringing your kids to school might not be a possibility for you due
to your job expectations, and that might be in direct conflict with your
role as the primary custodial parent.
Modifications: Florida family law courts allow you to modify child custody and parenting
plans as needed, as long as the best interests of all children are still
protected and upheld. It might make sense for you and your ex-spouse to
make official modifications to your parenting plans once your children
return to school. Informal agreements are generally problematic and unenforceable
if things go wrong.
Daycare: When a modification cannot be made but occupational responsibilities keep
you from picking up your children from school, you should start researching
daycares near the school. Some are even on school grounds for convenience.
Figuring out a parenting plan or modification that accommodates the scheduling
changes caused by back-to-school season can be complicated. With Owenby
Law, P.A. and our Jacksonville family law attorneys, you can simplify
the process and be certain that your case is progressing correctly by
allowing us to act on your behalf. We are known throughout Florida for
providing compassionate and effective legal services to people confronted
with unexpected family law cases.
Go ahead and call us at 904.770.3141 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluationwith our team.