One of the things that inevitably happens during the holiday season is family conflict. In an ideal world, estranged or divorced parents set aside their differences for the sake of a harmonious holiday. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Parents sometimes find themselves fighting with an ex-spouse about child custody and holiday placement. What can you do if this happens to you?
Review holiday placement orders
First, parents should review their court orders regarding child custody. Well-crafted holiday placement orders describe where the children will be for each holiday and divide the children’s time fairly. But what happens if one parent isn’t following the orders?
For example, if Mom has holiday placement for Thanksgiving, but Dad threatens to keep the kids himself, there isn’t a good legal solution at this point. Courts don’t try to prevent wrongs; they answer wrongs that have occurred. Once the kids miss Thanksgiving with Mom, she can file a contempt motion. The contempt motion will give her make-up time, but there’s an obvious problem. She can’t re-enact Thanksgiving. She can try to get the next holiday as make-up time or get holiday placement for Thanksgiving next year, but she can’t resurrect the holiday itself.
Work with an experienced Family Law attorney
Working with a Family Law attorney like Attorney Devin Shanley of Shanley Law LLC is easier than going it alone when dealing with holiday placement and child custody issues. Family Law attorneys know how to draft agreements the court will recognize. Moreover, orders are written in such a way that a judge is likely to sign them. A Family Law attorney addresses child custody issues that parents often overlook. For example, parents may think only of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter for holiday placement. They overlook Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Spring Break, and religious traditions they observe. All of the little things parents take for granted, their attorney won’t.
Determine the logistics of child custody
A Family Law attorney also helps with the logistics of co-parenting. How are Mom and Dad going to communicate? How will a child custody exchange be handled? Parents dealing with these types of issues need a lot of patience – and a good attorney. The legal team at Shanley Law LLC, Green Bay, helps parents navigate the complex legal system. Schedule a free Family Law consultation by calling 920-471-4337.
About Us: Attorney Devin Shanley is the approachable expert clients can trust. A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Devin has been developing legal solutions in his beloved hometown since 2012. Married to Mo and dad to two rambunctious kids, he has a soft spot for the Green Bay Packers, grilling out, and playing with his kids. His areas of practice are Estate Planning, Family Law, Business Law, and Non-Profit Organization Law. Schedule your free consultation by calling 920-471-4337.