Disputes over child custody and a parent’s pursuit of his or her visitation rights can be a very sensitive, emotional topic. However, there are certain times of year, such as the holidays, in which these matters can have even more of an emotional impact for parents and their kids. If you are in the middle of a custody dispute, or are pursuing visitation rights to see your child, it is particularly important to approach your case carefully.
Often, parents want to be able to spend the holidays with their child, but this is not always an option. If you and your child’s other parent share custody, it is vital to abide by the custody schedule. You may be able to spend time with your child during future holidays if you are unable to this year. Moreover, you could be able to make up for inability to enjoy the holidays with your child by celebrating on another day.
Aside from actually being with your child on holidays, other issues related to your custody dispute or pursuit of visitation rights may arise during this time of year. For example, family members who you see at a get-together might inquire about how your case is going or how you feel, in which case it would be helpful to be ready for the questions that arise.
The holidays are a time to celebrate, but legal issues involving your children can be very tough during this time of year. Our child custody section offers more details on this part of family law.