What to do about modifying a child visitation plan?

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What to do about modifying a child visitation plan?

My child and my stepchild are on opposite weekend schedules and neither parent will budge. Is there something I can do so they are able to spend weekends together?

Asked on September 8, 2011 under Family Law, Oregon

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Hummm.  You, of course, have no control over the issue with your spouse and their ex spouse which controls your step child.  But you do have the ability to control your situation by requesting that the court modify the agreement originally entered in to.  Do they have to modify as per your request?  No.  But will they?  Maybe, depending on how you present it to them.  If you and your new spouse are trying to become a family then that is a huge consideration for the court in modifying the order.  You want to help the children nurture a sibling relationship as I am sure that there will be family vacations and events down the road that both of them will attend, etc.  I would speak with an attorney in the field to see how they think this reasoning will fair in a modification request.  Good luck to you. 


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