When the court makes an order for a child visitation schedule, both parents become bound by that order. Deviating from it can cause legal issues.
For that reason, it is a good idea to get an agreed modification of child visitation schedule.
Parents who agree
Even if you and the other parent are in complete agreement on the modifications to the child visitation schedule, you want to get the formal order in place. By ensuring you go through the court, you protect yourself if, in the future, the other parent suddenly decides he or she no longer wants the modification.
This is because whatever order the court currently has in place is the legal order. No agreements made outside of court are legally binding. It is very possible for the other parents to decide to try to hold it against you that you have not followed the original order even if you agreed not to. A formal modification is the only way to protect yourself.
Benefits of the schedule
Having the schedule in place ensures the state knows what is happening with your child visitation agreement. Should issues arise, you will have legal protection. It can reduce the likelihood that you will face potential charges or other legal problems due to not following the order on record with the court.
It is important that you maintain the legal aspects of any agreement you make with your child’s other parent. While you may get along well now, that could change in the future. You never know what could happen, and protecting yourself legally is always the best option.