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Is It Too Late For Court to Determine Holidays?

If it is December and you have not already set a holiday visitation schedule, the answer is generally YES, it is too late. Being after December 1st, most filing deadlines have expired for having a court review your parenting/holiday schedule for 2015.  Many courts do have "standard holiday schedules" which can be found on the courts' websites.  The judges and most legal practitioners will advise clients to follow those standard schedules if you cannot agree, regardless of whether an Order has been entered.  Generally, the standard schedules alternate every other year and if you agree to the schedule for 2015, the court will almost assuredly follow the schedule for 2016. As stated in many previous blogs, the best advice is to work together with the other parent to arrive at a mutually agreeable holiday schedule. This is the essence of co-parenting (universal term), joint custody (Ky) and shared parenting (Oh).  Having practiced divorce/custody/domestic relations law for over 20 years, I understand the problems and that it does take 2 people to arrive at a mutual agreement and that is not always possible.  Your idea of "fair" may differ significantly from the other parent's fair. (Remember: Fair is a 4 letter "f word") Also remember, sometimes juvenile courts have different schedules than divorce courts.  This is especially true in Hamilton County, Ohio.  If you are divorced, the custody and holiday schedule is set forth from Common Pleas, Domestic Relations division.  This schedule differs greatly from the unmarried parents and schedule through the Hamilton Juvenile Court. IMPORTANT: If you have a court order and cannot otherwise agree, follow the current court order.  If you have questions about your order and have an attorney, call your attorney.  You do not want to be held in contempt for violation of court orders. If you have questions or are in need of representation in Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati, contact Michael Bouldin at mwbouldin2@gmail.com or call 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE).

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