Shared custody is the most common outcome in a divorce with children in Arizona. Sometimes, one parent has more parenting time than the other, while other times the courts try to make the split as even as possible.
Regardless of the exact breakdown of parenting time, you depend on your ex to be available when they are supposed to have custody of the kids. If your ex routinely cancels visitation or parenting time and does not schedule make-up time, that could be a reason to ask for a custody modification.
Canceled parenting time disrupts your life and hurts your children
The more frequently your ex cancels parenting time and the closer to the custody exchange that they do so, the more of an impact their irresponsible behavior will have on you and the kids. They might leave you in a very difficult situation where you have obligations and no one to care for your children.
You may also find yourself in a situation where you have to explain again to your disappointed children why their other parent hasn’t shown up to spend time with them. When your ex has a habit of canceling visitation, asking the courts for a modification helps protect you and the emotional health of your children.
Possible benefits of a custody modification request
When you file a request to modify your custody order by reducing your ex’s parenting time, you will likely face one of two outcomes. Your ex may immediately fight back and claim that they want their parenting time with the kids. If this is the case, then your modification request might be the motivation they needed to actually start showing up for the kids.
On the other hand, if they don’t push back or start showing up, a modification will make it easier for you to schedule child care and other needs. Additionally, changes to the division of custody could mean a little bit more child support for you, as the division of parenting time often influences the financial responsibilities of each parent.
A custody modification can make it easier for you to plan your life. More importantly, it can let you develop a schedule that your ex can adhere to, which will bring more consistency to your kids’ lives.