On behalf of Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C. posted in child custody on Thursday, May 25, 2017.
With the Memorial Day holiday coming soon, it is very common for people to take advantage of the long weekend and plan family trips and barbeques. For divorced or separated parents, they may not get to spend the weekend with their children because of their parenting time decree. (Either the alternating weekend does not coincide with the holiday, or things don’t work out because of an alternating holiday schedule.
However, when a parent is denied court ordered parenting time, it can breed resentment and vindictive actions. We certainly understand that, missing parenting time can be extremely difficult, but there are several things an aggrieved parent should do.
Calm down – As we noted, missing parenting time (especially when it was because of a malicious parent) can be emotionally trying. However, getting revenge is not always the best way to handle things. Just know that hard feelings can backfire if you act on them. Instead, calm down and sort things through with your attorney.
Understand compensatory parenting time – The most common remedy for missed parenting time is make-up parenting time. This means that a court will issue an order giving you additional parenting time in the future if you were wrongfully denied parenting time. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to have your Memorial Day weekend back, but the particular holiday doesn’t always matter to kids. They just want to spend time with you.
If you have additional questions about missed parenting time or any other custody order violations, an experienced family law attorney can help.