Kids Grow Older, Schedules and Lives Evolve

After the court has made final orders as to parenting time, the facts and circumstances of the lives of the parties and children continue to change. Oftentimes parties outgrow a custody order because of many factors that could not have been contemplated 2 or 5 or 10 years earlier. Children develop hobbies, special interests, and special needs that require changes in schools, doctors, neighborhoods, etc. and parents are required to be flexible in dealing with their children’s needs and schedules. This is true regardless of whether parents are married or divorced. It is simply the nature of parenting and part of the responsibilities of being a parent. If you need to change your custody order, it is nice when the two parents can agree on their own as to what is best for their child or children. In this case they can draft a stipulation and file it with the court. You may want to have your attorneys draft the stipulation to make sure it has the proper language and so forth, because an order is an order at the end of the day, and you don’t want to be stuck with an order that you may later regret.