When you have children, situations can change very quickly. The needs of a child change swiftly as they grow older, and when it comes to their custody and visitation arrangements, it may be necessary to update these as situations change.
If you are a noncustodial parent with visitation rights, you may long to spend more time with your child. Over the last months or years of spending time with your child, it’s likely that you have strengthened your bond, and as the child has grown, they have probably become more attached to you. This is a great reason to consider renegotiating your visitation arrangements so that you can spend more time with your child. The following are some tips for doing this.
Show that things have changed
If nothing about your situation has changed, the child custody courts will come to the same conclusion that they did previously. Therefore, you should be able to show how you have changed as well as how your relationship with your child has evolved. For example, you may now be sober, and therefore, more competent as a parent. Or you may now have your own home where your child could have their own space if they were to stay the night.
Make an argument for the best interests of the child
Child custody courts make decisions based on what is in the best interests of the child. Therefore, you should show why a change in visitation would benefit your child.
If you are struggling to successfully renegotiate your visitation arrangement, you should take the time to understand your legal options.