Father requests custody of children during championship games

By |2022-03-31T18:46:48+00:0030 Jul 2012|Categories: Child Custody, Children and Divorce, Co-Parenting|

Father requests custody of children during championship games

Parents who are trying to work out an arrangement involving child custody have a lot to think about. On the one hand, they want to have as much time as possible with their children. On the other hand, California courts prefer that both parents stay active in a child’s life. Balancing these two factors can be difficult. However, with a little flexibility and a willingness to compromise, parents can come up with a custody arrangement that benefits everyone.

One of the hardest parts of these arrangements can be working out a schedule for holidays and special events. Most parents want to celebrate religious holidays, birthdays or other significant dates with their children. It can be very difficult, then, to split these holidays up between parents. In one case, however, a father took a creative and effective approach to scheduling custody around special dates.

The man and his ex-wife were working to develop a custody schedule for their two children. The mother wanted the children on several Jewish holidays and for part of their Christmas break. Because these religious holidays were less meaningful to the father, he asked for custody on only two religious holidays. However, he then requested that he have custody of the children on St. Patrick’s Day, Super Bowl Sunday and the NCAA men’s basketball championship game; but only if his team was playing.

Because the father felt as though the mother would have several more holidays with the kids, he determined that his holy day would be the day the Syracuse men’s basketball team played in the championships. Even though the team has only won the title once before, the father said that when and if it happens again, he wants to share the day with his children.

By balancing what he truly valued with the requests of his ex-wife, the father was able to secure custody of his children on the days that truly mattered to him. Even though it is not an official holiday, the father says that Syracuse sports play a big role in his life. By working together with the mother to reach an agreement, both parents can spend time with their kids on significant dates.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Syracuse Divorce: Man Requests To Have Custody Of Kids For Title Game,” July 27, 2012

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Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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