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Author: Serena Baldacchino

It is the public policy in Florida that minor children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the marriage is dissolved or the parents separate and to “encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities, and joys of childrearing.” Ideally, parents are mature enough to learn to successfully co-parent for the sake of their child. What happens, then, if a minor child resists spending time or communicating with one parent?
Ah, the holidays! The Christmas trees, the eggnog, the hustle, the bustle, the arguing with your ex over timesharing with the kids . . .. Few things can put a damper on what is usually the best time of year for children like seeing their parents stressed and arguing over who gets them and when. A thoughtful and well-drafted parenting plan can go a long way toward ensuring your family’s holiday season is a joyous and tranquil one.
Timing, as they say, is everything in life; the same is certainly true in the realm of Family Law matters. The various Volusia County Family Law rules and statutes are rife with time designations and triggering events which, if overlooked, can greatly impact the result in any given case.