Fighting over parental rights and visitation can be an enormously upsetting situation. You can feel threatened, scared and very protective when it comes to legally defining who has rights over a child.
This is not unusual. In fact, it is quite common to have a very strong emotional response to discussions about where your child will live, who will make decisions for him or her and how much time you will be able to spend together. This is only natural for parents. Because of this, it can be crucial that you have an attorney by your side, particularly because these situations can often get quite contentious.
On the surface, disputes over parenting time have to do with who will have a child on which days. However, it goes much deeper for many parents.
For instance, you may fight against your child spending the summer with your ex because you like your traditions of spending long afternoons at the beach together. Or your ex may not want you to have equal time with your child because you were unfaithful and denying parenting time sounds like an appropriate punishment.
Considering all the emotional turmoil you and the other parent are experiencing, it can be all but impossible to stay focused on the big picture: your child's well-being. Instead, you can get bogged down by the politics and find yourself making decisions out of fear, anger or resentment.
Our firm understands the emotional challenges you are facing, but we also know that you need a fair parenting plan that prioritizes the best interests of your child. We can help you understand your rights and help to keep things in perspective so that an agreement can hopefully be reached as quickly and smoothly as possible.
For information on our approach to resolving matters related to parenting plans and time sharing, please visit our family law website.