It is not uncommon for parents to differ in the interpretation of their parenting schedule, especially during the holiday season. Not having a shared understanding of the schedule can lead to last-minute cancellations of plans, renewed animosity toward your ex, and the expenditure of attorneys’ fees and costs through the necessity of hiring counsel.

A good practice that parents can employ to avoid misunderstandings of the schedule is to address potential high conflict times (such as holidays, school institute days, etc.) well in advance of the event. By doing so, the stress of having uncertainly can be removed, parents are provided with a healthier forum in which to communicate about their children, and the emotion that inevitably accompanies midnight negotiations is avoided – thus providing parents with a greater chance to reach an agreement with an eye toward the best interests of their children.

Joseph R. Napoli II, Partner

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