We want to begin this post by wishing all of our readers a happy Memorial Day weekend. With this weekend being the unofficial gateway to summer, families commonly use the long weekend for family trips and vacations. For some divorced or separated fathers, they may not get to spend the weekend with their children, either because their weekend does not include the holiday.
However, when a parent is supposed to have parenting time and is denied such time, anger, resentment and vindictive activities can take hold. Yes, missing parenting time can be difficult, but there are several things an aggrieved parent should do before taking matters into their own hands.
Calm down – We understand how emotionally trying missed parenting time can be; especially when the other parent is just being mean, disrespectful and vindictive. When you act specifically on hard feelings your actions could backfire. Instead, calm down and sort things through with your attorney so that you can take a reasoned, child sensitive approach.
Understand compensatory parenting time – The most common remedy for missed parenting time is make-up parenting time (known as compensatory parenting time). If the time you were entitled to have that was taken from you, a court will issue an order giving you additional parenting time in the future. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to have your Memorial Day weekend with your kids, but the particular day doesn’t really matter to kids. They just want to spend time with you.
If you have additional questions about missed parenting time or other post-decree violations, an experienced family law attorney can help.