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How to handle holiday parenting time disputes

The weather outside indicates that it is January, but in reality, we are only a week away from Thanksgiving. For many, it means that preparations for the holidays are about to begin. Scouting Black Friday sales, ordering holiday cards and purchasing plane tickets are part of normal activities around this time of year.


For divorced and recently separated parents, it could be a time of chaos and bitter feelings due to conflicts over parenting time. Indeed, the holiday season is a time for family, but some parents may feel as if their family takes precedence over what is best for kids. Unfortunately, these opinion differences may lead to legal action.


For those who feel that a family court judge should weigh in on their situation, time is of the essence. Scheduling a motion hearing may be difficult during the holiday season, especially during the week of Christmas and New Year’s. Because of this, it is important to disclose plans for family events as soon as possible so that there may be time to seek court intervention if necessary. Just remember that family court judges are people too, and they may have their own holiday schedules that may take them away from the courtroom.

If you can’t get into court, it may be worth your while to seek out a parenting time expeditor or coordinator who can help resolve a dispute. Mediators may also help in reaching a compromise.

The preceding is not legal advice. For questions about your individual situation, contact an experienced family law attorney. 

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