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Child Custody and Holidays

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Family in need of attorney

The experienced Gainesville Child Custody Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. know that the holidays, while a wonderful time for most, are notorious for creating problems for those divorced couples who share custody of their children. Most of this can be traced back to a failure to properly create custody and timesharing arrangements, either in a marital settlement agreement or a final judgment of dissolution of marriage, that provides specificity as to when each parent will have custody of their child.

Additionally, problems can arise when proper care is not taken in choosing when the transfer of custody should occur during the holidays. This is particularly true during the Christmas holiday when parents frequently choose to exchange custody on Christmas Day without thinking about the implications for the child of doing so.

Problems can also arise because the parents fail to at least involve their child in discussions regarding what timesharing arrangement they would prefer during the holidays. There are number of ways to avoid these problems with careful drafting of your parenting plan and proper advice from a Florida child custody attorney.

The most important step you can take to avoid these problems with holiday timesharing is to hire an experienced child custody attorney from the start before problems arise. An experienced child custody attorney will draft your settlement agreement or final judgment with precision and specificity as to when each parent will have custody of their child. There are an almost unlimited number of variables to consider and adjust for, which most parents do not consider unless they have experienced legal counsel.

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An experienced child custody attorney will be able to provide guidance as to when is the best time to transfer custody and provide for other contact. For example, parents frequently, by default, decide to exchange custody on Christmas Day. This typically creates a number of problem. First, the child is usually unhappy about having to prepare to be transferred to the other parent for Christmas day when he or she would prefer to be having fun with family or playing with toys. Further, if either parent needs to travel out-of-town to visit family for the Christmas holidays, this creates an inability to travel overnight unless you plan to drive back Christmas day which is usually not desirable. Although a number of solutions exist to this problem, one is to exchange custody on December 26th each year instead.

Additionally, an experienced child custody attorney will counsel parents to consider their child’s preference, if he or she is old enough, as to their desired time sharing arrangement during the holidays. Although it is not recommended that a child be given the ability to make a decision on the custody arrangement, it is helpful for children to feel that they have some involvement in the process. Further, is important that both parents assure their child that they will not be alone and sad during the holiday time that their child is with the other parent.

With the assistance and guidance of an experienced child custody attorney, the pitfalls and problems that commonly occur with holiday timesharing can almost always be avoided. Contact the experienced Gainesville child custody attorneys with the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. today.