I was just served a petition for modification of a permanent parenting plan. How should I respond to the petition?
4 attorney answers
I agree with my colleagues that you definitely need to retain an attorney to help you in such an important matter as a parenting plan modification. Best advice is to use the find a lawyer tab at the top of this page to guide you in finding a local attorney.
I strongly suggest you retain an attorney to assist you. Once served, you have only 30 days to file a written response in opposition to the Petition, otherwise the court could enter a default against you and essentially the other parent will get everything they ask for in the Petition.
You are asking for more than we are able to provide in this forum. If the other party's proposed planning only has a few changes to make, you can discuss it with that attorney and see if you can reach an agreement. However, if not, then you should have an attorney represent you.
Custody issues are not the type that you normally want handled without an attorney representing you. Take the time now to contact a family law attorney in your area to look at the petition and to give you sound advice on how best to proceed given the circumstances in your case.
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