To draw up a family plan can be complex legally, not to mention emotional for all parties involved. When a couple splits, the parents are not the only ones who have to adjust. Your children adjust to the new family plan also. The age and personality of the child may determine how difficult the adjustment period is. Once you settle down with a family plan, consistency is important. This is why Massachusetts has strict legislature regarding modifying a family plan. 

You can modify visitation, custody and support orders. It is important to remember that the family plan in place is for your children and in their best interest. If you are considering modifying the plan, make sure that the latest adjustments are worth it. According to the law, you can only modify the plan if it is necessary and in the best interest of the child and if there is a substantial change. 

A substantial change may include a parent moving out of state and hence would be unable to continue the visitation schedule. If your child’s education and extracurricular activities are at risk due to the current plan, then a judge may see it fit to change the plan. Every case has its own circumstances. The point is that your circumstances have to emphasize the importance of a modified plan. 

A parent or friend can file a complaint against one parent if the child’s environment changes significantly. For instance, if one parent becomes violent or the environment is unhealthy for the child, the court may consider modifying the parenting plan. 

The above article is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice.