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Modifying a parenting plan if your ex is absent

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2024 | Child Custody & Support |

Parenting plans can help to provide structure and stability in the lives of children whose parents are no longer romantically connected. However, life circumstances can change, and the terms of an existing parenting plan may no longer reflect a family’s situation. 

For example, sometimes one parent may become consistently absent. When this happens, it might be necessary to modify a family’s parenting plan to more accurately meet the needs of the child affected. Modifying a parenting plan can be an involved process, but it is sometimes a good idea to make this effort after seeking personalized legal guidance and support.

Does your family’s plan need to be modified?

If your child’s other parent is consistently absent, this can create an imbalance in the child’s life, leading to emotional and logistical challenges. Signs that a modification may be needed include the absent parent frequently missing scheduled parenting time, failing to communicate regularly or being unreliable in fulfilling their parenting responsibilities.

To secure a modification, you will likely need to prove that a significant change in circumstances has occurred since your original parenting plan was established. The consistent absence of your ex may qualify as such a change, as long as it can be sufficiently proven. The court will consider whether the current plan still serves the best interests of your child. If the absent parent’s lack of involvement negatively impacts your child’s well-being, this reality should serve as a strong basis for seeking a modification.

Modifying a parenting plan when one parent is consistently absent can potentially result in numerous benefits. It can create a more stable and predictable environment for your child, reduce stress for you both and allow you to focus on supporting them – instead of trying to chase your ex down. Yet, it can be a challenging undertaking, so seeking legal guidance before moving forward may be wise.