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The holiday season can be the happiest time of the year for many families. But if you're facing some trouble in paradise, the holiday season is likely to raise tensions and make this time of year anything but happy.
If you're considering making a change to your familial status over the holidays, here are the top 5 family law issues related to the holidays.
If you're planning on proposing, or maybe even eloping, over the holidays, you should definitely read up on the legal requirements and ramifications of your holiday nuptials. While wise men say that only fools rush in, even if you can't help it, you can still get some solid legal advice beforehand.
On the other end of the spectrum, if you're considering divorce over the holidays, you may want to reconsider, temporarily. Although in many cases, a couple may not be able to spend another day together, there are a few completely legal and compelling financial reasons to delay the inevitable.
After a divorce, parents who share custody often struggle with sharing their children during the holiday season. While parents may want to spend every last minute of every holiday with their children, it is important to remember that the children likely want to, and will benefit from, seeing both of their parents over the holidays. Finding a way to make that happen may require some creative planning, but it is possible.
If you and your former spouse can't get it together to informally plan sharing custody over the holidays, then a formal agreement might just be what the Juris Doctor ordered. Though getting a court to approve the agreement on short notice during the holidays is unlikely, if you and/or your former spouse are represented by attorneys, then the attorneys may be able to help you reach the same compromise that a court is likely to order.
While parents tend to have sole discretion over who can spend time with their children, in some states, grandparents may be able to seek and obtain visitation rights. Generally, each state's rules about granting visitation to grandparents will differ, but courts will often focus on what is in the best interest of the child.