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How to avoid parenting time disputes over the 4th of July holiday

The Independence Day holiday is coming next week. This means that family barbeques and fireworks celebrations are going to be part of the many activities that families in Las Vegas will be taking part in. With the holiday falling on a Friday, it will be a much-anticipated three day weekend.

However, holidays can be complicated for divorcing and separated parents, as there may be no established rules for parenting time. And during holidays, it is common for parents without a court order to run into problems. For parents in these situations, we offer a few tips to help in avoiding problems.

Plan ahead – The old adage “if you plan for the worst, you can expect the best” holds true in these instances. If you lay your plans out ahead of time, chances are that you will be able have success in meeting them.

Be flexible – It also pays for couples to be flexible in giving parents time with the children. The long summer days allow for both parents to have a great deal of time with kids, whether it is on Friday (the Fourth of July) or sometime during the weekend. Also, as divorce and/or custody proceedings progress, family court judges expect parents to put their children’s interests first.

Control your emotions – Avoid the temptation to seek revenge on a spouse who has wronged you by limiting access to the children. This course of action is fraught with future peril as it shows that a parent is willing to use children as pawns to obtain what the parent wants.

The preceding is not intended to be construed as legal advice. If you have questions about custody and parenting time during divorce, an experienced family law attorney can help.

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