Holiday Possession Schedules: A Video Podcast with Mark L. Scroggins
Enjoy Our Video Podcast About Holiday Possession Schedules with Mark L. Scroggins
In this video podcast episode, Mark L. Scroggins talks about holiday possession schedules and offers tips on resolving the conflict that can arise. Mark first explains how important it is to understand your possession schedule and when the holiday possession schedule overrides a standard possession order.
If you do have a conflict, Mark reminds us all that sometimes it makes sense to compromise. Launching a major battle over a few days of time with your child on Thanksgiving or Christmas may lead to more harm than good. It might be best to negotiate some makeup time if the holiday schedule is disrupted.
Listen to the Audio or Watch the Full Video Podcast. For Assistance with Holiday Possession Schedules Call Mark L. Scroggins at Scroggins Law Group at (214) 469-3100. The Scroggins Law Group Team Practices in Collin, Dallas, and Denton County, Texas.
Listen to a few suggestions about how to respond to common problems that arise, and how to take advantage of relationships with parenting facilitators and parenting coordinators who may be involved with your case, either during your original divorce or post-decree.
What is Your Current Holiday Possession Arrangement?
In the podcast, Mark starts by recommending that you read your possession schedule and understand when your period of possession is over the holidays. If you have a question about what something means, call your attorney. If you have a question about when the child is released for Thanksgiving break, look on the website for the independent school district where the child resides.
If you do not understand exactly what the possession schedule means and need it translated into plain English, call your attorney and ask them to walk you through it. If you want to as Mark L. Scroggins for help understanding your holiday possession schedule, please call Scroggins Law Group.
What Common Problems Can Arise and Disrupt Holiday Possession?
The biggest problem Mark addresses in this podcast is people not knowing what their holiday possession schedule says, and what it means. For example, do you have Thanksgiving this year, and what period of the holiday break do you have with your child, do you have the first part or do you have the second part? When does your period of the holiday break begin, and when does it end?
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Mark also reminds people that if there is a standard possession order, the holiday possession schedule supersedes the regular possession schedule. So if the non-primary parent anticipates having an extra weekend in November (because November is a five-weekend month), understand that the holiday possession schedule trumps the regular routine.
Negotiating Solutions to Holiday Scheduling Conflicts and Problems
If you are in the middle of divorce litigation and you have a problem, call your attorney. If there is a parenting facilitator or a parenting coordinator in place, you might also notify them of the conflict, and they might be able to help resolve the issues. This helps you save money and avoid going to court.
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If you are already divorced and have a possession schedule, you may also have a parenting facilitator or coordinator to call, and they are great resources. Otherwise, you can call a lawyer. If you didn’t like your lawyer before, call the one you can trust to help you. An experienced divorce and custody lawyer can explain all your rights and options about holiday possession schedules and problems.
You might have to go back to court and will not want to try the patience of the court, so how you conduct yourself in attempting to resolve scheduling disputes is important. Your lawyer can explain all your options and let you decide what is the best option for your family.
When Your Matter is an Emergency and You Have to Go to Court
Is your conflict a true emergency? Is it reasonable to file an emergency motion to ask the judge for enforcement and other relief? As Mark explains in the podcast, it all depends on the facts in your situation. For example, if you already purchased non-refundable tickets for a cross-country family trip with relatives you rarely see, you might have an emergency when the other parent refuses to make the child available for your possession time. What if you are staying around the Dallas area and possession is disrupted, is that an emergency? It could be if there were non-refundable tickets and flights into DFW from the family you rarely see?
Emergency motions for enforcements and other relief are always appropriate when a child is in danger or there are allegations of abuse or neglect. Judges are more likely to intervene to save a child from danger, as opposed to saving a child and their parents from scheduling inconveniences.
Call an experienced divorce attorney to talk about your questions and concerns about holiday possession schedules because there may be several options to resolve possession conflicts.