Your kids have grown up before your eyes, and in what feels like an instant, they’re four years older. It’s years after your divorce, and you have had the same custody schedule that entire time. Today, it dawned on you as you rushed to leave work on time that the schedule isn’t working well anymore.

It is normal to have to revise your custody schedule as your kids get older. In this case, your children have started going to school and have activities that keep your schedule changing all the time. You constantly have to leave work early and rush around just to pick them up or get them to an activity on time. It’s time for a change.

You can work out a new schedule together or seek help from the court

If you and your ex-spouse have both noticed that the schedule isn’t working as well as it used to, it may be time to sit down and talk about working out a new one based on your current work responsibilities and your children’s school and extracurricular activities. Perhaps the parent who is closer to the school would be better suited to having the kids through the week, or maybe you need to start considering a schedule that alternates more often to allow you both to work full time without worrying about rushing from one place to another.

If you aren’t able to work out a new schedule to submit to the court on your own, you can ask a judge to change it in a way that works better for you. Your attorney can help you in either case so that the new schedule will be legally binding, just as the old one was.