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How to handle holiday parenting time disputes

With the Fourth of July weekend drawing near, it is important to know what the plan is for parenting time during the weekend. This is especially important if you have a court order that only specifies who has parenting time on the 4th, as opposed to the entire weekend.  Also, if you don’t have a court order at all, you may be at the mercy of a vindictive parent (if you are a father who is trying to get parenting time).

Regardless of your situation, it may be easy to blow the other parent off and keep the kids for the holiday weekend; especially if the other parent has been difficult or mean to you. However, this may not be the best option for you. This post will highlight some important reasons. 

It may not help you in court – Withholding parenting time does not sit well with family court judges when another parent brings a motion seeking assistance in seeing the kids.  If the judge feels like you are punishing the other parent by dictating unreasonable terms, it may work against you.

The kids will ask questions – A holiday weekend may not be as special if the kids can’t spend some time with the other parent. After all, kids are at their best when they have a relationship with both parents.

There may be revenge down the road – Nothing is more annoying, and potentially expensive than a vindictive co-parent. When back to school shopping or the fall holidays come about, retribution could be in order if a parent withholds parenting time during the Fourth of July.

The preceding is not legal advice. If you have a dispute or questions about holiday parenting time, an experienced family law attorney can help. 

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