divorcing parents make a
visitation plan or get assigned a visitation agreement by a
family law court, the result might not be all-inclusive of their full visitation needs.
The visitation agreement is likely going to be made in consideration for
a typical day of the year and favor the interests of parent with primary
child custody rights. By the time the holiday season comes around, the usual visitation schedule
might be rendered ineffective.
If you want or need to temporarily change up your visitation agreement
to make the holidays enjoyable for everyone, there are two main options
you can consider. Firstly, you can try to work out an unofficial agreement
with your ex-spouse on your own, outside of the courtroom. This method
is only recommended if you and your ex are on good grounds with each other
and you have no reason to believe they would renege on the promise.
To make this method a more official, you can seek
mediation with a family law attorney’s guidance. During mediation, you and
your ex-spouse can quickly work out the details of a customized holiday
visitation schedule, get it in writing, and sign it. This new agreement
can even be applied or adopted for subsequent years, so long as you do
not anticipate any major changes in your living situation or relationship.
Modifications for the Holidays
The second method of getting a new holiday visitation schedule becomes
necessary if your ex-spouse is refusing to cooperate with you. Instead
of asking nicely or using mediation, you can go back to court to request a
modification to your child custody agreement, which should include the underlying visitation schedule. Keep in mind
that the family law judge still needs to rule what is in the best interests
of your children, not of either parent. You will have to bring a convincing
argument to show why seeing you for the holidays is beneficial for the kids.
To better prepare your case for holiday visitation modification, team up
with Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our Deer Park family lawyers
can bring decades of legal experience to your case, allowing you to sit
back and focus on the holidays instead of legalities. We can also be retained
to act as mediators should you and your ex-spouse decide to work together
on your holiday schedule.
281.407.9254 today or
contact our firm online to get started on your case right away.