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Yes, you may need to change a custody schedule as your child ages

| Jun 5, 2019 | Family Law |

When you set up your custody schedule, your child was young. They were not going to school yet, and all you had to do was make sure that someone was there to watch them.

Today, they’re much older and well into their schooling. As they’ve progressed to higher grades, you’ve found that they want to join more clubs and activities. Now, the schedule you had in the past isn’t working. On top of that, your child is old enough to complain about the arrangements and has told you that they’re not happy with the current custody schedule.

Is it normal to change your custody schedule?

Absolutely. Whether you get a new job, your child has gotten older and has an opinion about custody arrangements or the other parent moved closer to a better school, there may be a time when your custody schedule needs to be adjusted. If that’s the case for you, you should talk to your attorney about modifying your custody schedule with the court.

It’s easiest to modify the schedule if you and the other parent can agree on the new schedule. If you cannot, you can go to court and ask the judge to change the schedule based on your request. Keep in mind that your child’s wishes will be considered so long as the judge believes that they are mature enough to offer an independent opinion. There is no legal age when that happens in Colorado, so your child may be able to speak up about their preferences at any time when changing custody.