I'm a bit wary of 'changing objectives'. Do you mean withdrawal from a contest?
If you successfully withdraw* from a contest which you were losing, i'd say it's the same as being marginally defeated; you fail to reach your goal, but suffer no lasting side effects.
If your opponent wants to prevent you from leaving the current contest, then you should resolve it as an Unrelated Action with a simple contest. If you win, you have withdrawn from the contest. If your opponent wins, you must stay in the contest, possibly penalized depending on the level of your withdrawal defeat.
This gels with the following two paragraphs, which the present text in the first paragraph doesn't.
-- - Mikael Raaterova [.sig omitted on legal advice]
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