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Estate planning attorneys remind their clients to review their wills and trusts periodically to make sure the documents are current. So too should divorced and un- married parents review their parenting plans.  


The upcoming summer school vacation is the perfect time to begin this process to make sure that the plan is continuing to meet the needs of the children.


What is your recourse, if the current parenting plan that is a court judgment is no longer working?  It may be time to for a re-write and modification of the plan.


Warm Regards,

Robin Fleischer Esq.

Fleischer Law Solutions, PLLC



Time to Review Your Parenting Plan


What are some of the reasons parenting plans need to be updated?


It is a fact of life that children grow up and become more independent. 


The plan you agreed to when your children were toddlers may not be appropriate now that they are pre-teens.  


Parenting plans should allow for flexibility to accommodate each life stage of your children.Your children may be enrolled in school activities that were not in existence when the original plan was drafted, they may be attending day or overnight camps, or just want some time away from their parents to spend more time with their friends. 


What are the steps to be taken if the parenting plan is no longer effective?


First, identify the problem. Is it a temporary scheduling conflict due to a new activity such as playing on a sports team, a dance class or a play with a definite end date?


Next, discuss with the other parent possible solutions to the problem, which could be anything from parents switching their parenting times, adjusting the time and place for child pick up and drop off or arranging for supplemental child care.


Don’t be afraid to enlist the aid of third party neutral, like a mediator, divorce or life coach, to assist in finding a solution if you and the other parent aren't agreeing on the changes. Your attorney can also be a good resource and may provide some helpful suggestions and resources.


Once you have a new agreed upon plan, contact your attorney to draft the appropriate pleading to modify your judgment and incorporate the changes into your existing plan.


High conflict situations


A harmless activity like the family vacation can turn into a stressful and unhappy event. It is common when drafting separation agreements and parenting plans to include detailed instructions concerning the issue of vacations.  However, a problem can arise when one parent wants to deviate from the current plan without the other parent’s permission.


A parent is not allowed to take a child out of state or abroad without the permission of the other parent. It is important to get this permission, in writing, well ahead of any vacation bookings to avoid disappointments and a civil contempt or kidnapping charge.  


What happens if the other parent refuses to change the plan?  


In a perfect world, divorced parents would get along well enough to co-parent peacefully.  However, if that were the case, you probably would still be married.   Many parents have good results when they employ the help of a neutral third party such as a divorce or life coach or mediator to assist with a solution. Unfortunately, if the conflict can not be resolved peacefully, there may be no choice but to file a complaint for modification of the plan with the court.


What happens if the other parent is not following the current plan?


Sadly, there are some cases where the other parent refuses to follow the court order despite attempts and communication.  If that is the case, contact Fleischer Law Solutions to discuss ways to resolve the issue, which may involve filing a Civil Contempt.


Co-parenting is never easy even with the best of parenting plans, but with the proper preparation another costly court battle may be avoided.



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Fleischer Law Solutions has a network of divorce professionals whom we work with to prepare and protect our clients throughout the entire divorce process.


Call Fleischer Law Solutions today and book a consultation to discuss how we can help you obtain the best solution to your legal problem.


About Atty. Robin Fleischer


Providing Client-Centered Representation

for all your Divorce, Family, and Personal Legal Issues


Attorney Fleischer is a respected family law attorney who is known for her integrity, honesty and creativity in finding solutions to some of the most emotional and tough legal issues.


She has dedicated her career to helping people going through the emotional roller coaster of divorce and other family law problems.

She understands that people experiencing a divorce, child custody or other family legal matter need an advocate who is compassionate, understanding and responsive to their needs. When relationships fail, the effects cascade into all areas of a persons’ life.

Attorney Fleischer earned a BA in Education from Framingham State University in 1981. She graduated the Massachusetts School of Law in 2012 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar the same year. She has worked in the legal industry for over twenty years, first as a paralegal in her father’s law practice and now as a solo practitioner in her own law firm.

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