Dealing with visitation disputes during the holidays


The holidays are the time of year where being with loved ones is most desirable. Parents in Florida understand the importance of holiday traditions, especially when they have young children. Although it is ideal to carryout these traditions, it is not always easy to do when parents are not together or divorced. Furthermore, child custody arrangements could make the holidays a stressful time. Parents might not agree with plan and might get into a visitation dispute over who gets to see the children on which day.

A recent article highlighted the emotions and stress that are often involved during the holidays when parents are separated or divorced. In order to avoid these arguments, parents should make sure to review the child custody order ahead of time. This could allow for modification and better planning. Furthermore, this could reduce the amount of disputes the children would have to deal with during a time that should be joyful and happy.

Parents should try to be flexible and be civil during this time in order to make it pleasant for the children. Allowing for new holiday traditions and discussing the situation and plans with the child is definitely in the best interest of the child. Finally, parents should not get caught up with having their child or children on the actual date of the holiday. Celebrating the day before or after could become a new tradition and could be even more enjoyable for the children.

Even though the holidays are suppose to be the best times of the year, they can also be a time where child custody arrangements are most difficult. Those seeking to change or modify an order should understand the process. Seeking guidance about the procedures could help protect their rights and interests as well.

Source: The Mercury Relationships, "Child custody and the holidays: Do's and Don'ts," Andrew D. Taylor, Nov. 27, 2013

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