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Retailers are planning for the holidays, so should parents

If you’re annoyed with the growing number of holiday displays, even though it is only October, you may want to take a cue from retailers and prepare for the holidays as well. This is especially true for parents who are going through divorces that include parenting time disputes, as well as unmarried fathers who have not established custody or parenting time through a court order.

The holiday season is when many families get together. With that children are inevitably pulled in many directions as extended family members who don’t get to see the kids very often want to do so. This can cause a great deal of tension when a warring parent does not want the child to spend much time with the other parent’s family. 

In these moments, the holiday spirit may not help matters, as an intractable parent may not be willing to share time. Because of this, a parent who plans may be a parent who is happy during the holidays.

With that said, communicating your intentions as early as possible is helpful in breaking down barriers and setting proper expectations. The more information a skeptical parent has, the more likely they are to go along with the plan.

Also, if it becomes clear that negotiating is simply not going to work, there is still enough time to file a motion with the court so that a family court judge may decide how much parenting time each parent shall have during the holidays. After all, court calendars can be unforgiving during the holidays, and if there is no time for a motion to be heard, you may be out of luck.

The preceding is not legal advice.

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