Divorced Parents Need to Arrange Holiday Parenting Time Now: 3 Tips From a Family Law Attorney by 30Seconds Mom
Now is the time for divorced parents to review where their child(ren) will spend the holidays to avoid any conflicts or disagreements later. Helen Ashford, family law attorney at Luckett & Ashford, shares advice on how divorced parents should prepare now to avoid an emergency motion during the holiday season:
- Review your parenting plan. A parenting plan is a written agreement that allocates significant decision-making responsibilities, parenting time or both. In most states, it is required that holiday parenting time guidelines be clearly defined within a parenting plan. Parents should carefully review terms outlined in the parenting plan regarding holidays and confirm with their ex-spouse prior to the holiday season to avoid conflict.
- Resolve conflicts in advance. If there is a holiday one parent would like to spend with their child(ren) but is not stated in the agreement, both parents will need to have a mutual agreement and court-ordered modification. If a parent is not willing to comply to a modification, you will need to seek assistance from a family law attorney to file a motion. Be aware that it is extremely difficult to schedule a hearing if it is too close to the holidays.
- Be flexible. Parenting time should be fair and, ultimately, work in the child’s best interest. Remember to focus on your child and not your “rights” or the parenting time given to your ex-spouse. As mentioned before, if it is pertinent that you spend a certain holiday with your child and you cannot reach a mutual agreement with your ex-spouse, you will need to work with your attorney to resolve the matter.
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