Experienced Representation For Montana Families
Family law situations can range from uncontested divorces sought by couples who are “on the same page,” to contentious divorces triggered by substance abuse or domestic violence, to modifications of settlement agreements needed after sudden, substantial changes in circumstance.
Compassionate, Client-Focused Family Law Representation
We skillfully handle stressful, potentially divisive issues that include:
- Uncontested, contested and high-asset divorce
- Litigation and mediation of high-conflict cases
- Child custody, parenting time and child custody amendments
- Child support and alimony
- Grandparent and stepparent contact
- Support and custody modifications, post-judgment
- Parental relocation
- Division of marital assets and property
- Protective orders
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
Can I Get A Modification?
In short, yes. In Montana, courts have discretion whether to amend parenting plans and custody arrangements. Plans can be amended when there is a substantial change in the child’s circumstances after the initial plan was made. Courts consider amendments when these changes are shown to be in the best interest of the child or children.
What The Courts Consider
Just as with a initial parenting plan, for modifications the courts consider:
- Whether the parents agree to the plan
- If the child is 14 years old or older
- How the child feels about the proposed change
- How both parents feel bout the proposed change
- The behaviors of the parents in regards to allowing visitation
- How the new plan will affect both parent’s time with the child/ children
Parenting plans do not need to be modified for small changes that both parents agree to. However the initial plan submitted to the court is essentially the default parenting plan. This default plan is the plan that will govern decisions in the event of a dispute. Your lawyer can ensure that your agreed upon amendments are included by filing them with the court.
Take The First Step Towards Resolution
Family law is no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all exercise. Mr. Gurr personalizes and customizes his representation to address your lives’ exact specifications. The first step toward your peace of mind is a free initial consultation. To arrange this important first meeting, when you can discuss your issues in an atmosphere of total confidentiality and candor with an experienced family law attorney, contact Garden City Law, PLLC in Missoula by phone at 406-552-1846 or reach us by email.