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Enforcement and Modification of Parenting Plan

Oleen Law Firm Nov. 9, 2023

At Oleen Law Firm, we're intimately aware of the emotional turmoil and challenges you might be facing in enforcing or modifying a parenting plan. We understand that this is not just about legalities, it's about your family, your children, and your future. Our aim is to provide you with the legal guidance and support you need during this process, striving so that your rights and the best interests of your child are always at the forefront. 

Enforcement of Parenting Plans

Enforcing a custody order in Kansas is a legal process that calls for the rights and responsibilities laid out in the parenting plan to be upheld. We're here to help you navigate this process. Whether the other parent is not adhering to visitation schedules, denying you access to your child, or failing to meet their financial duties, we'll work tirelessly to safeguard your rights and make sure your child's best interests are met. Here are some of these steps: 

  1. Document Violations: Keep a detailed record of every violation of the parenting plan. This might include missed visitation, failure to pay child support, or denial of access to the child. 

  1. Communicate with the Other Parent: Try to resolve the issue through open and calm communication. Sometimes, a simple discussion can help clear any misunderstandings. 

  1. Mediation: If direct communication doesn't work, consider mediation. A neutral third party can facilitate conversation and assist in resolving the dispute. 

  1. Legal Assistance: Consult a family law attorney like us at Oleen Law Firm. We can guide you on the right steps to take, depending on the specific circumstances of your case. 

  1. File a Motion: If the other parent consistently fails to abide by the parenting plan, you may need to file a motion for enforcement with the court. This step should be taken under the advice of your attorney. 

We know that every situation is unique, which is why we tailor our approach to fit your specific needs. Our experience and knowledge enable us to strategically advocate for the enforcement of your custody order. We don't just represent you legally; we stand by your side throughout this emotionally challenging journey. 

Modification of Parenting Plan

Life is unpredictable, and sometimes you may find yourself needing to modify a parenting plan. Changes in circumstances like a parent's relocation, alterations in work schedules, or your child's evolving needs may necessitate adjustments to the existing plan. 

In Kansas, the court considers specific requirements and factors when evaluating a modification request. Our team of skilled attorneys can guide you through this process and help you present a persuasive case for modification. The court will take into account factors like the child's best interests, the parents' ability to cooperate, the child's relationship with each parent, and any history of domestic violence or substance abuse. We work closely with you to gather the necessary evidence and present a strong argument for modification. 

Reasons for Modifying Parenting Plans 

There are several reasons why a parenting plan may need modification. Here are some common scenarios: 

  1. Alterations in Work Schedules: Changes in a parent's job hours, such as shift work, traveling for work, or a new job, may require alterations in the parenting schedule. 

  1. Changes in Child's Needs: As children grow, their needs and schedules evolve. Changes in school schedules, social activities, or health needs could necessitate a modification of the parenting plan. 

  1. Non-compliance with the Current Plan: If one parent consistently fails to adhere to the stipulations of the current plan, a modification may be necessary. 

  1. Changes in Parent's Lifestyle or Circumstances: Significant changes in a parent's lifestyle or circumstances, such as remarriage, new children, health issues, or changes in income, could necessitate a review of the parenting plan. 

  1. Child's Preference: As children mature, they may express a desire to spend more or less time with a particular parent, which can lead to modifications in the plan. 

  1. Concerns about Child's Safety or Well-being: If there are concerns about a child's safety, well-being, or exposure to inappropriate behavior while with one parent, a modification may be warranted. 

  1. Change in Residency: If one parent is relocating to a different town, state, or country, the existing parenting plan may no longer be practical or feasible. 

In particular, relocation can have a significant impact on a parenting plan, especially if it involves a considerable distance. Whether you're considering moving or the other parent is planning to relocate, understanding the legal requirements and how they may affect your custody arrangement is crucial. 

In Kansas, a parent intending to relocate with a child must provide notice to the other parent and obtain court approval. The court will weigh factors like the reason for the move, the impact on the child's relationship with the non-relocating parent, and the child's overall well-being. Our dedicated attorneys have extensive experience in handling relocation cases. We'll help you navigate the legal process, gather necessary evidence, and present a compelling argument to protect your rights and the best interests of your child. 

Your Allies in Parenting Plan Enforcement and Modification

At Oleen Law Firm, we are committed to providing compassionate and effective legal representation for the enforcement and modification of parenting plans. We're not just your attorneys; we're your partners in this journey. Our experienced team will guide you through the complexities of the legal process and fight for your rights. 

If you're facing challenges with enforcing or modifying a parenting plan, we encourage you to reach out to us for a free consultation. Let us put our knowledge to work for you and help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Contact Oleen Law Firm today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward resolving your parenting plan concerns. You don't have to face this alone—we're here to help.