Washington family law includes a strong presumption in favor of continuity and against modification of a parenting plan. RCW 26.09.260. A parent seeking modification of a residential schedule must show there is adequate cause before a full hearing. In a recent case, a mother challenged a denial of adequate cause to modify the residential schedule following her move to the town where her children lived with their father.
According to the appeals court’s opinion, the mother “fled” to Alabama with her two daughters and “hid them from” their father when they separated. The father filed for divorce, was awarded custody, and ultimately brought the children back to Washington. The mother moved to Spokane.
The parenting plan from 2013 indicated the children’s primary residence was in Moses Lake with their father. The mother had the children on alternating weekends, with some additional time in the summer, plus certain holidays and school breaks.