Parenting Plan Modification


Parenting Plan Modification

The key to a parenting plan modification is a "substantial change in circumstances” relative to when the plan was first implemented.  A modification is usually costly and difficult.  Essentially, it is a re-litigation of the parenting plan.  We realize how scary it can be to realize that your child might be in a dangerous situation or moved to a new location if you don't take action.

Some examples of substantial changes in circumstances that justify a modification include:

  • A parent is remarrying and moving to a new location.
  • The residential parent is forced to move to assist an elderly relative in their last years.
  • One parent has mental health issues. For example, if the parent with primary residential custody has mental health issues, the other parent may have the basis to seek a modification to change custody.
  • There is something going wrong in the home where the child resides. For example, if your child gets involved with drugs or alcohol and the primary custodial parent isn't addressing the problems, you can seek a modification to change custody.
  • A job change or job location transfer.

We have specific experience and will advise you of your rights and any potential risks to filing a parenting plan modification. There are also non-litigation options we can explore to help you find agreement on the issues impacting you and your children.

Your family's future is our first priority.

Areas We Serve

At Elise Buie Family Law Group, PLLC, we represent clients from Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, and the surrounding region, including all of King County and the cities of Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Edmonds, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Federal Way, Shoreline, Des Moines, Bainbridge Island, Vashon, Auburn, Renton and Puyallup. We love working with clients from Seattle's unique, eclectic neighborhoods: West Seattle, Fremont, Ballard, Madrona, Queen Anne, Greenwood, Ravenna, Maple Leaf, Wedgewood, View Ridge, Laurelhurst, Windermere, Madison Park, Magnolia, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Broadmoor, Phinney Ridge, Crown Hill, Yarrow Point and Mercer Island.

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Elise Buie Family Law Group


Elise Buie Family Law Group PLLC
1001 Fourth Avenue, 44th Floor   Seattle, WA 98154