It's back-to-school season in Arizona (and, well, in all the other states). This means that you and your ex-spouse need to prepare for your child or children's return in a number of ways. Aside from the trying to fight off aggressive parents for that last pack of college-ruled notebooks at the store, there are also arraignments to work out between you and your child's other parent.
So, in preparation for the return of the school season and your child hitting those books (and the playground at recess time) again, here are 3 child custody reminders:
- Revise and confirm your schedule. You and your ex-spouse may have agreed on a temporary schedule for your child's three-month stint at home while on summer vacation. Now, this temporary schedule no longer controls, and it's time to reassess whether you want to revert back to the same regular school schedule that you had last year. Make sure you communicate this with your ex-spouse, to avoid any conflicts and to ensure that you are both on the same page. This may require a mediator if there are any points of contention.
- Child support modification is available. Summer is a long -- maybe too long for some parents -- three-month period. A lot can happen in that amount of time. If you find that there are now different circumstances that call for a modification to be made in your child support agreement, remember that the option to amend the agreement is always available. This especially goes for modifications in one spouse's child support payments. Remember, in Arizona, parents are not obligated to pay for a child's college education, so that's something to consider. Other factors might include a new move and location, a new job and income, or a new schedule. Whatever it is, it's best to include this in the agreement, which is legally binding.
- Plan in advance. Just think of how fast the new school year crept up on you. Before you know it, it'll be the holidays, then spring break, and then summer once again. It's best to communicate to your child's other parent any big vacation plans or changes in any notable calendar days in the upcoming year. You may want to have your attorney present when these decisions are made, but the point is, these changes should be discussed sooner than later.
Remember, if you have any specific questions or concerns about your child custody plan, it's best to consult with an attorney who can assess your situation. Child custody is not a matter to take lightly.