Tis the season…

Tis the season…

Tis the season to be… fighting over who will have custody of the children for the holidays!  For many people the holiday season is full of great memories of time spent with family and friends.  However, for some, this is the most stressful time of the year.  It is the time when you find yourself fighting with your ex over where the children will spend the holidays. So how do you avoid this situation?

If you cannot come to an agreement as to how the holidays will be shared, you may be left with having the court system deciding the holiday schedule.  Do not wait until the holidays to discuss custodial time for the holidays. This discussion should happen long before the holiday season.  In fact, for most parents, a holiday schedule should be established at the same time as the regular custody schedule. Establishing a schedule will help the two parties co-parent.

It is always a good idea to have a lawyer help you through this process. It is important to memorize your agreement and have it entered as an order of the court so that you have an enforceable order if there is a disagreement.  Having a court order that clearly specifies the holiday schedule can prevent arguments and stress around the holidays when there are disagreements.

When drafting a custody agreement, it is important to be as detailed as possible.  An experienced family lawyer will assist you through this process. While it might seem unnecessary to hire a professional when your ex decides to be a Grinch and not let you have your custodial time during the holiday season, you will be thankful if you have a clear, well-drafted, fully-executed custody agreement in place to ensure that everyone sticks to the agreed-upon schedule.

An experienced family lawyer will help you negotiate a fair and reasonable custody agreement. Your attorney will ensure sure you consider all possible contingencies and ensure the agreement it is documented and filed with the court correctly. Most importantly, if an agreement cannot be reached, your attorney will represent you in court and help you get a fair custody arrangement.

LaMonaca Law is dedicated to serving the needs of our clients. Before the Grinch ruins your holidays, call LaMonaca Law at (610) 892-3877 and schedule an in-person consultation.

About the author

About Brady Johnson, IV

Brady Johnson graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. After College Brady began his career in Banking, attending Law School at night. Brady received his Juris Doctorate from Widener Law School in Wilmington Delaware. Mr. Johnson focused his studies on Trial Advocacy, Child Abuse and Neglect, Counseling and Negotiations. Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association.