How do I change my separation agreement?

As of March 1, 2021, the term  has changed to . And in most situations, the term  has changed to . Now, all parents usually have parenting time.

Also, a person who isn't a parent or step-parent may get a to spend time with a child. For example a grandparent can get this order.

You or your partner may want or need to change your because of changes to your situation. For example:

  • Your child's living arrangements have changed.
  • Your child has new medical needs.
  • Your child has new education needs.
  • Either you or your partner would like to move.
  • Your partner is self-sufficient and spousal support should end.
  • You have the right to spend time with your child but your partner is not allowing you to see your child.
  • Your partner makes more money and you want them to pay more .
  • Your child finishes school, marries, or moves out on their own.
  • Your child is working full-time.

It can be difficult to get along with your partner. Small issues can build up and make you want to change your separation agreement. Think carefully about what issues you want to take to court.

For example, it's best not to go to court for things like who has to wash your child's clothes after they spent time with your partner or because your partner isn't always on time. Try to find another way to resolve these issues that can save you time and money.

You should first see what your separation agreement says you have to do if one of you doesn't follow it. For example, it might say that you have to try to work out your issues before going to court.

Even if your separation agreement doesn't say this, you must think about trying an process (ADR) or a family dispute resolution process to resolve your issues out of court if it's suitable for you. ADR might not be right for you if:

  • one person is afraid of another person because there is a history of family violence
  • there are serious mental health or drug abuse issues
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