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Settling Holiday Custody Disagreements

By Nottage and Ward on September 23, 2022

Most divorced or separated couples that share children with someone else would like to spend the holidays with their offspring but not with one another. This can be difficult for many divorcing families as they try to navigate the new landscape of their lives. For some kids, it may mean spending Christmas with one parent and New Year’s with the other. Others may alternate every year. No matter the situation, trying to make the holidays special for your children is essential, even if it means spending time with your children during the holidays at times other than on the actual holiday. Whatever you do, try to put your children’s needs first during this time.

If you need help with mediation or deciding a fair schedule with a cantankerous partner, you must contact a lawyer. The fair and experienced Chicago family law attorneys at Nottage and Ward, LLP have experience handling emotional cases with care. Reach out to us at (312) 332-2915.

Holiday Custody Decisions

It is important to plan ahead on things like this if you are going through a divorce or custody battle. Ideally, you would create a fair and balanced holiday schedule along with your ex-spouse or co-parent.

If you cannot reach an agreement with your ex-spouse or co-parent, you may need to seek the help of a mediator or attorney. Mediation can be a helpful way to resolve custody disputes, and an attorney can provide guidance and support throughout the process.

Putting your children’s best interests first is essential regardless of your situation. Holiday custody decisions can be difficult, but by planning and working together, you can make the best of a challenging situation.

Verbal Agreements

In family law, the admissibility of verbal agreements is often contentious. While some couples may be able to reach an amicable resolution on their own, others may find themselves at odds with what the other parent said or wants. This can be especially true in the case of divorce when emotions are running high, and both parties are eager to move on with their lives.

Verbal agreements are admissible in divorce proceedings if they can be proven to have taken place. This can be done through audio recordings, testimony, witnesses, or other evidence. The court will give all verbal agreements the same weight. For example, an agreement regarding child custody may be given more weight than an agreement about who will pay for the family home.

Ultimately, it is up to the court to decide whether or not a verbal agreement is admissible in a divorce case. Suppose you are in the midst of a divorce and have questions about the admissibility of oral contracts. In that case, it is important to speak with an experienced Chicago divorce attorney who can advise you of your rights and options.

Communication During a Divorce

Try to be clear and concise when communicating with your spouse. Remember that you are both having a tough time, so try to be understanding and respectful. If you have any questions, be sure to ask them in a way that shows you are interested in understanding the answer, not just in getting your way.

It is also essential, to be honest with your spouse. This is not the time to hide things or manipulate the situation. You both need to be able to trust each other to make the divorce process as smooth as possible.

Hire a Lawyer for Holiday Mediation

Regarding holiday custody mediation, hiring a lawyer can be a great way to help resolve any disputes that may arise. The qualified Chicago family law lawyers at Nottage and Ward, LLP can guide you through the legal process and help to negotiate a fair settlement between both parties. If you are considering hiring a lawyer for holiday mediation, call experienced lawyers at (312) 332-2915.

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