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Modifying Parenting Plans To Meet Your Needs

In matters of child custody, it is generally important for both parents to maintain a healthy relationship with their children. If one parent is harming the children, or undermining the other parent’s relationship with the children, it is possible to seek a parenting plan modification from the courts.

At Clement Law Center, we work with clients who seek or oppose a modification of their parenting plan. Bruce Clement has a strong understanding of the issues involved in child custody modification cases. He will work with you to set achievable outcome goals that serve the best interests of your child.

To arrange a free consultation regarding parenting plan modifications, call us toll-free at 253-336-3607. We have three convenient office locations: Federal Way, Seattle, or Bellevue, Washington.

Guiding You Through Child Custody And Visitation Modifications

The parties can agree to visitations which differ from the parenting plan. However, informal changes are not legally binding and will not hold up in court. Parenting plan modifications need to be done through the court system if parents wish for them to be enforceable.

Family court judges examine many factors, such as the following, when considering a petition to modify a parenting plan:

  • A parenting plan can be modified if there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the original parenting plan was implemented. These changes could include a change in working schedule, or relocation. The procedure and legal basis for modifying a parenting plan are complicated, and are detailed in RCW 26.09.260.
  • A change in custody may be granted if it is proven to be in the best interest of the child. This normally reflects a major shift in the lives of the parents, such as chronic drug or alcohol use or criminal behavior. If the child is endangered in any way, a parenting plan modification may be granted.
  • A modification may be in order if one parent is intentionally alienating the affections of the child toward the other parent.

Relocation Issues For Military Parents

When a parent moves away, it can be very disruptive to the visitation rights of the other parent, effectively cutting them off from their child. Washington State recently enacted a statute stating that military duty shall not be used as the sole factor in modifying a parenting plan or reducing visitation for parents in the military.

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If you are interested or involved in the modification of a parenting plan, contact us online or call 253-954-3351 or 888-351-6779 for a free consultation today with an experienced attorney. We serve King County, Pierce County and the greater Seattle-Tacoma area.

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Federal Way Office
31919 1st Avenue South, Suite 103
Federal Way, WA 98003

Toll Free: 888-351-6779
Phone: 253-954-3351
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Seattle Office
3418 NE 65th St., Suite A
Seattle, WA 98115

Toll Free: 888-351-6779
Phone: 253-954-3351
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14777 NE 40th Street, Suite 206
Bellevue, WA 98007

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Phone: 253-954-3351
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