Visitation Tips for Mother’s Day

How many of you remember Joan Lunden’s show on Lifetime… Mother’s Day? OK, yes, I am dating myself… Her sign-off was “every day is mother’s day” … sadly that is not true for many moms. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, moms who don’t always have their kids at home might be wondering about Mother’s Day visitation arrangements. Though every family has their own way of doing things, there are certain steps you can take to make sure your Mother’s Day is a fun, flower-filled holiday for everyone.

Here are a few child custody and visitation tips to keep in mind this Mother’s Day:

Look to your custody or visitation order for holiday schedules, which will typically cover Mother’s Day. To be equitable to both parents, many states have standard visitation schedules which include both Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and holidays. If your custody and visitation order doesn’t cover Mother’s Day, you may still be able to work out some arrangement with the other parent. It may be too late for a court hearing unless there are special or extraordinary circumstances. When it comes to custody and visitation arrangements, especially for holidays, it’s important to keep the child’s feelings in mind and try not to make the visit a stressful one. Try to keep arguing to a minimum with the ex and it’s also a good idea to not badmouth your ex when spending time with your kid. Sometimes when a kid doesn’t get her way with one parent, they may go to the other, hoping for a more favorable outcome. You may be tempted to give in to your little one, but try to resist the urge, especially if it’s unfair to the other parent.

Enjoy your time with the kids as they grow up all too quickly.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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