The most common family law issues that come up over the holidays include proposing, eloping, divorce, child custody, and grandparent visitations. In this blog, we are going to touch base on some of these topics, but if you would like more information, contact one of our attorneys today.
About one third of all proposals occur between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Before planning your ceremony or eloping, you may want to consider waiting until the time is financially right. The officiant also needs to have specific credentials and make sure you meet the requirements in your jurisdiction, otherwise, you may have to have a ceremony all over again. This is especially important if you plan to elope or have a destination wedding.
Waiting for the holidays to be over before filing for divorce is some-what common. A lot of spouses prefer to wait to avoid the extra family drama. Filing for divorce in a new tax year can help make a distinct line of how to divide assets. If contemplating divorce during the holidays, avoid dangerous behaviors such as drinking or racking up a credit card bill.
If you have joint child custody, it’s a good idea to plan two parties. That way, children are not forced to choose between parents. You could always split the date to celebrate in the morning and evening. Divorced couples may decide to plan one event together. Whichever you decide, keep any children involved as the main priority.
The holiday season can be tricky when it comes to family issues. No matter what your family is going through, take care of any of the child’s needs, take care of yourself, and take care of your finances. If you are having issues with child custody or divorce, contact one of our attorneys today to see what options you may have.