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Modifying Custody Agreements During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is just around the corner. While it is a beautiful time of year filled with memories and family, that does not mean that it always goes off without a hitch. Sometimes, last-minute changes or other events can disrupt our intended plans. After reviewing your custody order, calendar and having a conversation with your ex-spouse, you may determine that you need to modify the agreement. Autumn Beck Blackledge PLLC can help explain the grounds for modification.

Grounds for Modification in Florida

There are several reasons for a change in custody orders. However, a change is not warranted simply because one side dislikes the order. First, the change must be in the best interests of the child. If the proposed change impacts their life negatively, the judge will not approve. The most common reasons that a judge will grant a modification are below.

Parents Agree

This is perhaps the most efficient way of changing a custody order. If both parents can communicate and determine what changes need to be made and agree, they can present it to a judge. Lawyers can work alongside the parents, making sure that the order is appropriate.

Changes in Circumstances

A substantial change in circumstances also warrants a change in custody orders. Change in circumstances simply means there has been a change that positively or negatively impacts an individual’s ability to parent. In these instances, the parents may not necessarily agree to the modification.

Potential Holiday Arrangements

Now that you know the grounds for modification, it is essential to understand the potential holiday arrangements that may work for you and your family.

  • Split the day in half between both parents.

  • Schedule the same holiday twice each year so that both parents can celebrate.

  • Assign fixed holidays for each parent every year.

  • Switch holidays back and forth each year.

These are several custody arrangements that may assist in the modification process! Remember that not every option works for each family and work alongside experienced attorneys, so your needs are represented.

Time to Modify? Contact Our Pensacola Family Law Attorneys

If you are ready to modify your custody order or parenting schedule, make sure to work with an experienced attorney. An attorney can assist in finding an arrangement that works for all members of the family.


Contact our office today at (850) 404-7263 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys!