If you are preparing for spring break, or just finishing with the break, hopefully you had an opportunity to spend some time with your kids; either by taking a vacation or even having fun with a staycation. If you are a divorced or separated parent and did not have this opportunity, we understand how frustrated you may be. After all, you are a parent too, and you know the kids love spending time with you just like the other parent.
So while you can’t go back and change the past, it is best to be prepared for the future. With that, here are a few tips to help you avoid parenting time disputes when Memorial Day comes around.
Plan early – the old adage “if you plan for the worst, you can expect the best” applies here. Make your intentions known early. This way, if you get pushback, you can mediate the situation or file a motion to protect your time.
Know what’s in your order – Indeed, there may be a situation where you are granted Memorial Day, but the other parent has the weekend for their parenting time. This obvious conflict must be remedied, but you would not know it if you didn’t know what’s in your order.
Think about what’s best for the kids – So many times parents are concerned about “their time” with the kids and do not want it infringed upon. While this may be a valid point, consider how the kids would benefit from travelling on Memorial Day weekend; especially if it is to see family members who they don’t see often.
If you have further questions, an experienced family law attorney can help.