Major or Minor Modifications of Parenting Plans
Michael Hulen, C.P. is a Colorado family and divorce lawyer experience in helping families negotiate and implement custody agreements. He specializes in a variety of custody issues, including major and minor modifications of parenting plans.
Parenting Plans in Colorado
“Parenting plans” is a term for custody agreements that are negotiated by parents and approved by the Colorado Family Court. Most custody agreements in Colorado require that a formal parenting plan be filed, usually with both parties’ signatures. Parenting plans sometimes require a hearing. Different types of parenting plans include:
- Full joint parenting plans, which are mutually agreed upon and signed by both parents;
- Partial joint patenting plans, which are signed by both parents but may contain some disagreement; and
- Parenting plans prepared by one party, which have only one signature.
Modification to a parenting plan requires official paperwork, which can be quite complex. Michael Hulen and Ben Leutwyler are familiar with the process and can help explain it to their clients in a way that is easy to understand.
Modifying Parenting Plans
Many parents decide mutually to modify parenting plans and visitations for their convenience or for an outside reason. For example:
- If one parent moves, the parenting plan might require modification to allow the child to travel to visit that parent for a longer period of time;
- If a child develops a medical condition or a special need, the parenting plan may need to change to indicate which parent has decision-making power around that need; or
- If one parent has a change in work or schedule, the parenting plan may need to change so that the visitation hours do not conflict with that parent’s working hours.
Minor changes to a parenting plan can usually be accomplished quickly. However, Mike Hulen, PC are also experienced in negotiating major changes to a parenting plan. Examples of a major change to a parenting plan might be:
- If one parent moves to add a spouse or partner to the plan;
- If one parent requests more visitation or holiday time; or
- If a child of an appropriate decision-making age asks the parents to change the agreement.
Mike Hulen, PC are established family lawyers with experience with both major and minor changes to parenting plans. If you need help changing a parenting plan, contact us online or give us a call at 303-932-8666. Hulen and Leutwyler offer a free one-hour consultation for first-time clients and are standing by to answer your questions.