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A child never gets to decide whether they will follow a parenting schedule. Moreover, each parent is obligated to support the existing parenting schedule that is ordered.
The parenting coordinator is correct that any modification requires filing a motion to change the existing schedule. Certainly parenting schedules may be modified as needs change. However, the burden is on the party filing a motion to modify to demonstrate that the requested modification is in the child's best interests. As part of the analysis, the court will consider the desires of a child deemed to be of suitable age and maturity. Certainly, a 15 year old would be old enough to express his/her desires.
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§ 50-13.7. Modification of order for child support or custody.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in G.S. 50-13.7A, an order of a court of this State for support of a minor child may be modified or vacated at any time, upon motion in the cause and a showing of changed circumstances by either party or anyone interested subject to the limitations of G.S. 50-13.10. Subject to the provisions of G.S. 50A-201, 50A-202, and 50A-204, an order of a court of this State for custody of a minor child may be modified or vacated at any time, upon motion in the cause and a showing of changed circumstances by either party or anyone interested.
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