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3 FAQs about modifying a co-parenting plan

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2023 | Blog, Child Custody & Support

When navigating the complexities of co-parenting after divorce, questions often arise about the possibility of making changes to the established plan.

In the state of Wisconsin, it is possible to make changes to your co-parenting plan after a divorce. Life is constantly evolving, and the legal system recognizes that what worked in the past may no longer be suitable.

1. What are common reasons for modifying a co-parenting plan?

There are several valid reasons for seeking a modification of your co-parenting plan. One such reason may be changes in your work schedule, which could create challenges in adhering to the initial plan. The decision to relocate is a common situation that often requires a reevaluation of existing arrangements.

2. How can you request a modification of a co-parenting plan?

To request a modification of your co-parenting plan, you must initiate a formal petition to the court outlining the changes you wish to make. In many instances, the court may require you to attempt mediation with the other parent before pursuing litigation. If mediation proves unsuccessful, you will proceed to a court hearing where a judge will make a decision.

3. How long does it take to modify a co-parenting plan?

The time it takes to modify a co-parenting plan can vary. The court aims to process these requests efficiently, but it can take several months. In 2022, Wisconsin family courts dealt with 33,250 cases. Factors such as court availability, the complexity of the changes and the willingness of both parties to cooperate can influence the timeline.

While changing a co-parenting plan is an option, there are certain limitations. The court will only grant a modification for a substantial change in circumstances that justifies it. Additionally, any changes must prioritize the child’s best interests.