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What do I need to know if I want to modify parenting time?

If you have a parenting plan in place with your child’s other parent, it likely sets forth how much time the child spends with each parent. Sometimes circumstances change and you may wish to modify the amount of time that one of the parents receives. Here is what you need to know about the process of modifying parenting time.

According to the Colorado Judicial Department, either parent can request a change if it is in the child’s best interest to do so. You must have an existing order in place before you can request a modification. The proper supporting documentation and filing fees must be submitted to the court in order for your request to be heard.

If you are seeking the modification without the approval of the other parent, you will need to provide him or her with a copy of your motion paperwork when you file with the court. You will also need to submit a certification proving that you served the papers. The court will review your filing and either set a hearing if it believes there are issues to resolve or sign an order approving the modification and send it to you.

If both parents agree that parenting time should be modified, a written agreement can be submitted with the required forms and fees and no hearing will be necessary. The court will simply review the issue and notify you of its approval. This is not intended to be legal advice and is provided only as general information on this topic.

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