I know we are only at the beginning of October; however, remember the court dockets are PACKED in domestic cases. If you are having issues with your child(ren)’s other parent and are in need for some assistance from the court, you may want to think about addressing those issues now.
Holiday time-sharing is always an “emergency” to the parents, but it is never an emergency to the court, at least not in Florida. In order to have time to try to resolve these issues with the other parent or by court order, you will need to commence working on this issue now. If you are part of the lucky parents who are able to co-parent, that is fantastic, and this message is not for you; however, for the others who struggle with the other parent, be sure to give yourself ample opportunity to complete four (4) important phases prior to the holidays (and the courts have very limited time the closer the holidays become) 1: try to work out a written agreement of what the holiday time-sharing will be for each parent, if that fails 2: draft a Motion and file it with the Clerk (best to hire an attorney for this) 3: schedule and attend a mediation, and if you cannot reach an agreement, 4: set you motion for a hearing. These are the basic steps and are not as simple as it appears, but necessary if you think you will have a problem. We are here to assist you and your clients if they need help.