My ex and I cannot agree on a custody schedule. We have joint custody of our son who is 7 years old. Within the divorce decree it states that if an agreement cannot be made, that the custody schedule will default to the standard parenting order that is stated in the decree. I have tried repeatedly to reach an agreement with my ex, but every time we agree to something she whittles the time down further and further. I've never had him for a holiday or been able to take him on vacation with me, even when he has expressed an interest to go. I am tired of not having time with my son. My requests have never been out of line- even less than what the standard parenting order is. She recently agreed to let him go on vacation but has now renegged because I wouldn't give up even more time with him.
Real Estate Attorney
If she is being that difficult, it may be better for you to just go with the terms of the standard parenting order as it determines how holidays and school breaks should be split up.
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Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney
I agree with Ms. Hoffman and Ms. Reams. Furthermore. If she is whittling the time to below what is provided in the Decree, (and if you are not getting holidays or vacation time that suggests to me this may be the case but I can't tell from your question) then you may want to make sure you understand the process seeking to hold her in contempt. Local Court Rules may set out the procedure for requesting vacation time and holiday time and you should be careful that you are complying with these. A lawyer can insure you understand fully your rights and the local rules and the procedure for contempt, should your situation warrant it.
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Divorce / Separation Lawyer
Yes, that is exactly why that provision is in there. Contact a local family law attorney if you are not being allowed the guideline "minimum" time.
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Family Law Attorney
When an arrangement different than the standard parenting order is made, there is almost always a provision where it would fall back to the standard schedule. If she won't even follow that, my recommendation would be that you document, document, document and then file a motion for contempt. If you do so, the court will order her to comply with the decree, whatever is there. You should definitely get in touch with a good family attorney in town.
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Family Law Attorney
You need to hold her feet to the fire and present yourself for parenting time pursuant to the terms contained in your order. When she refuses, you file a contempt. You should also file for make up parenting time and request additional time.