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What to do after being denied holiday parenting time

The Memorial Day weekend holiday is quickly approaching. But for some parents, this may be a difficult time. Divorcing and separated parents may have difficulties scheduling time for the children to spend with both parents during the holiday weekend. If a parent is denied parenting time, it could lead to hard feelings, growing resentment and thoughts of revenge. Suffice it to say, being shunned on a holiday weekend can make the most devoted parent feel like a second-class citizen.

While we hope our readers do not have to endure the pain of not seeing their kids, those who are denied parenting time can take solace in the legal remedies available. After all, family court judges want parents to include each other in the raising of the children. This means that each parent must take reasonable steps in fostering the relationship between the child and the other parent. A parent who defies this does so at their own peril.

While the following is not legal advice, it will highlight some options if you are denied parenting time during a holiday weekend.

Learn about compensatory parenting time - Essentially, the most common remedy for missed parenting time is compensatory time (i.e., make up parenting time). Given the amount of time that was missed, a court is likely to issue an order granting such time.

Know the process - Indeed, it is easier just to agree that one parent will have some additional time to compensate for the time that was missed. However, agreements are commonly hard to come by. Because of this, you may have to obtain a court order to receive compensatory time. In doing so, you will have to follow specific court rules when filing a motion.

Plan for the next holiday - Independence Day is the next major holiday, and you certainly don't want to endure the trouble of having to deal with parenting time issues again. Perhaps you will need a motion to modify your schedule or to have one established.

If you have additional questions about what to do after being denied holiday parenting time, an experienced family law attorney can help.

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