How to Modify A Visitation Schedule

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In Reno, Nevada, separated parents will oftentimes have a visitation schedule regarding when each parent will have parenting time with their child. This schedule must be followed and is enforceable by law. If a parent wishes to change the visitation schedule, they can consult a family law attorney and take the following actions.

Two Ways to Modify a Visitation Schedule

  • Agreement by both parents: If both parents agree on a slight change of their visitation order, they do not need to go through the court or a family law attorney to get an official modified order and can execute the schedule changes independent of the court.
  • Court order: When parents cannot come to an agreement on a modification of  a visitation order, they must request for the modification through the court. This process can be simplified with the help of a custody attorney.

Reasons for Modification

There are several different reasons for a parent to want to alter a visitation schedule. Some common causes include:

  • long-distance move by one of the parents.
  • Change in the parent’s ability to care for the child.
  • Permanent change in the parent’s work schedule.
  • Change in the child’s needs due to age, health, or the like.

Steps to Modify a Visitation Schedule Through the Court

If it is necessary to go through the court to obtain a modified visitation schedule, the parent should complete the following steps.

  1. Fill out the paperwork.
    • A parent wishing to acquire a court-ordered modified visitation schedule will need to fill out a financial disclosure form and a motion to modify visitation. Within the motion, the parent must include the reason that they are seeking modification and their proposed modification terms.
  2. File the paperwork.
    • The completed paperwork must be filed through the same district court that the case was originally filed in.
  3. Serve the other parent.
    • The other parent must be served the documents through the US Mail.
  4. Allow the judge to make a decision.
    • Once the paperwork has been filed and served, the judge will allow the other parent time to file a response to the motion to modify visitation. The judge will review the case after a reply has been filed. The judge will then make a decision, either through an order or a hearing.

Modification Factors Considered By the Court

  • The parent’s visitation preferences.
  • The child’s visitation preferences.
  • The child’s needs.
  • The relationship between the parents and their ability to amicably interact in order to parent the child.
  • The mental and physical health of the parents.
  • The existing relationship that the child has with each parent.
  • Any history of abuse, domestic violence, or child abduction.

If you wish to modify your visitation schedule, contact Carlson & Work of Reno, Nevada today at 775-298-6403. Our experienced family law attorneys can assist you with your child custody and visitation needs.

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