Halloween just passed and before you know it, Thanksgiving will be right around the corner, followed by Christmas then New Years. The last few months of 2010 will go by so quickly.
As the holidays approach, we family law attorneys have to be prepared for the onslaught of numerous child custody and visitation issues that will without a doubt be brought up this season. If your final divorce judgment does not itemize who will get the children for the holidays, sadly, you must follow through with the regular parenting plan. If a specific holiday schedule is not set forth in your Judgment, unless your spouse is cordial and willing to work with you, you will likely not be able to get custody of the children during the holidays. According to TMZ, this is the exact scenario plaguing Teri Hatcher and her ex-husband. Apparently, a court must decide who will spend time with their young daughter for this year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Normally, the holidays are alternated each year with each parent. So, if this year Mom has custody of the children for Thanksgiving, Dad will likely get Christmas day. The arrangement is reversed the following year. Be prepared this holiday season and make sure your Judgment specifically indicates which parent will spend what holiday with the children. If your Judgment does not indicate such, contact an Orange County or Los Angeles divorce attorney immediately. We can help you in any child custody or visitation issue you may have.