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Work Out a Holiday Visitation Schedule with Your Ex-Spouse

The holiday season is here again, beginning with everyone’s food favorite: Thanksgiving. Have you taken the time to make certain your visitation schedule will allow you, your ex-spouse, and your children to fully enjoy the holidays? If you are worried that you or your kids are going to miss out on the spirit of the season due to a misarranged child custody order, then it is time to start thinking about creating a customized holiday visitation schedule.

Working Together & Using Mediation

The simplest way to try to get a holiday visitation schedule that respects the wishes of both spouses and upholds your child’s best interests – that is to say, allows them to spend the holidays with all family members, not just half the family – is sitting down and crafting a temporary, unofficial agreement with your ex-spouse. You have to each trust each other to not “forget” this agreement and cause trouble, so this method is best reserved for couples who divorced on fairly good terms, such as in an uncontested divorce. After all, unofficial agreements are not legally binding, allowing anyone to renege when they want without legal consequence.

You can take an extra step to make your quick changes actually official by sitting down with your ex-spouse and a mediator. During family law mediation, you and your ex are encouraged to work together towards a common goal, such as a new or temporary holiday visitation schedule, and get legal advice from the mediator. This process puts your agreement in writing and makes it more difficult for someone to suddenly change their mind.

Asking for a Modification from the Court

For every situation in which two ex-spouses can work together to come up with a new holiday visitation plan, realistically, there will probably be another two or three more situations in which one or neither spouse will not cooperate. When this happens, the courtroom is the place to return. You can craft a modification to your child custody or visitation order that applies specifically to the holiday season and bring it to the judge for approval.

While working on your proposed modifications, do not forget that a child’s best interests always takes priority in a family law setting. Your holiday visitation changes will not gain approval if they clearly disadvantage your child, or unjustly try to wrest custody or visitation time away from your ex-spouse. It is encouraged that you work with a family lawyer to make certain your proposal makes sense, is legally valid, and has a good chance of courtroom approval.

Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law and our Pearland family law attorneys would be happy to help you come up with a useful holiday visitation schedule or agreement. We have the knowledgeability and know-how to manage your case, whether it needs mediation or courtroom litigation, and we are known for our compassion and care, which makes dealing with sensitive divorce issues simple and comfortable for our clients. Let us get started on your case now by calling 281.410.5780 and placing a case evaluation on your calendar.

  • Board-Certified Family Lawyer

    As a specialist, Dennis M. Slate is ready to advocate on your behalf!

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  • Peaceful Divorce Resoultions

    Find out if you would benefit from an uncontested divorce.

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  • Secure the Division of Your Property

    We have experience with complex property divisions.

    Secure Your Assets
  • Need Help? Reach Out to Our Firm Now.

    We are here to help. Tell us about your case today!

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