Child Custody/ Visitation During the Holiday Season
It is officially the holiday season!! So here comes all of the gatherings, gifts and cheer. Unfortunately this is also the time of year when divided families struggle with where their children will spend the holidays and school vacation.
You should get ahead of the holidays, and divorced parents with minor children should do the following:
1. Review the court orders concerning holiday visitation at least a few weeks beforehand.
2. Discuss with the other parent your understanding of the court orders/schedule.
3. If there is a legitimate disagreement mediation or court involvement may be necessary. Do not wait until the last minute! Allow enough time to participate in mediation or to file motions in court.
Do You Have Conflicting orders?
Most Parenting Plans state that holiday visitation supersedes the regular visitation schedule. For example, this year Christmas falls on a Sunday. Parent A is scheduled to have their alternate weekend visitation beginning Friday December 23. However, the Parenting Plan states that in odd years Parent B will have Parenting Time during Christmas weekend. Parent B’s Parenting Time supersedes the alternate weekend time for Parent A.
What if there is no court order regarding the holidays?
Some Parenting Plans do not specify how holidays are to be handled. In this event, put the interests of the children first. Both parents should respect religious practices of the children and the schedules/activities of the children (especially true for older children).
Speak to an Experienced Law Attorney Today
Contact the Law Offices of Keith Anthony at (860) 333-6455. Attorney Keith Anthony can help you navigate thru this process, step by step and is open to assist you. If negotiations fail we can arrange mediation of your disputes. We can help you make agreements that can be filed with the court.