Like many other Kansas parents, when you signed divorce papers, you were likely looking forward to leaving the past behind and moving on in life. While you logically assumed that you and your children might encounter a few challenges as you adapt to a new lifestyle together, you had no reason to think you'd be dealing with legal problems related to child custody. However, since your ex refuses to adhere to the terms of the agreement, you feel like there should be something you can do to rectify the situation.
You may be right. Once the court issues an order, both parents must strictly adhere to the terms, no matter what. In fact, even if you and your ex agree that a particular modification is warranted, it's still necessary to seek the court's approval.
Like most Kansas parents, you want what is best for your kids and you also want to keep stress to a minimum in their lives as they search for a "new normal" and adjust to living in two separate households. If you and your co-parent are facing a legal problem, it is typically best to try shield your children from adult matters because such situations can cause confusion and impede their ability to cope with your divorce. If you believe your ex has undermined your parental rights, however, you can definitely take immediate steps to bring the issue to the court's attention.
The Law Firm of Kevin Stuart Cavanaugh is committed to helping Kansas parents protect their child custody rights in divorce. Whether the issue you're facing pertains to post-judgment modifications, financial provisions or some other high-conflict issue, an experienced legal team may be just what you need to obtain a swift solution to the problem. Your rights and children's best interests are high priorities that deserve prompt and swift attention in or out of court, as needed.