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Co-Parenting for the Holidays: Preparing for Your Holiday Parenting Time

As I type this blog post, there are thirty-one days until Thanksgiving and sixty days until Christmas.  In my experience as a family law attorney, these are two of the most sought-after holidays in terms of parenting time, but there are certainly a variety of holidays that many people hold near and dear in the coming months.  Sooner rather than later, parents should coordinate to make sure that plans are in place to ensure that the holidays go off without a hitch.  If you already have a court-ordered parenting plan, take a moment to review it; if not, take a moment to reach out to your co-parent to come to an agreement.  Here are some considerations to keep in mind while doing so:

  • If you have a parenting plan in place, make sure the holiday in question is actually included in your holiday parenting schedule. If it is not and you want it to be, you need to address that as soon as possible.
  • Make sure that the holiday is clearly defined.
    • For example, Thanksgiving may be defined as from Wednesday after school until Monday morning before school, or it could be much more limited in scope to simply be 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Thursday until 8:00 p.m. that evening.
    • If your parenting plan is based upon a Court form that consists of a series of checkboxes allocating holidays to one parent in even-numbered years and the other parent in odd-numbered years, your holiday schedule is not likely to be clearly defined. I have heard parents threaten to exchange children at midnight because one parent was assigned Christmas Eve and the other parent assigned Christmas Day with no designated exchange time.  Technically, that’s accurate, but who really wants to spend their Christmas holiday that way?
  • Make sure that it specifies which parent is responsible for providing the transportation. Keep this in mind when making plans about where to celebrate the holidays, g., whether you will celebrate at home or at a friend or family member’s house.  Cooperate with your coparent to make different transportation arrangements if it makes more sense.
  • Follow your parenting plan. If you are traveling for the holidays and want to have parenting time that differs from what is included in your parenting plan, secure an agreement to deviate from the Court order.  Be aware that your coparent may very well request accommodations in exchange, and it would be reasonable to cooperate.  Effective coparenting requires cooperation and give-and-take.

If you wait until much closer to the holidays, there may be little or no recourse for you should an issue arise; rather, you may be left addressing the matter after the fact.  While you may be entitled to some make-up parenting time or your attorney’s fees and costs, that won’t get you back the holiday parenting time with your children that you missed.  Whether you are a current client, former client, or new to Dodge & Vega, our office can assist you in making preparations for the upcoming holidays.  If you need help reviewing your parenting plan or reaching out to your co-parent, feel free to contact our office at (480) 656-8333.

If you have any questions about Holiday Parenting Time, then contact our office to schedule a free consultation with our firm and know your rights. 480-656-8333.

Written By:

Kevin Whitacre, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben owns and manages a law firm of Affordable Arizona Bankruptcy, Family Law, and Personal Injury Lawyers. He is a nationally certified trial attorney, entrepreneur, endurance Athlete, and extreme Ultra Cyclist.

Ben Dodge, Esq.

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is.

Ben Dodge, Trial Lawyer and NITA Advocate

In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge Ben is one a very few lawyers trained in advance litigation skills through the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA) and has earned the designation as a NITA Advocate.

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at ben@dodgevegalaw.com

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

What is the legal definition of co-parenting? Co parenting is a process where two parents work together to raise a child even though they are divorced or separated and no longer live together. In a co-parenting situation there will be a co parenting agreement. An agreement between both parents to assure that everyone involved with raising the children adheres to similar values and works towards the same goals.

Unless there has been domestic violence or substance abuse, co-parenting is the best way to ensure that all your children’s needs are met and enable them to retain close relationships with both parents. Research suggests that the quality of the relationship between co-parents can also have a strong influence on the mental and emotional well-being of children.

Joint custody arrangements can be exhausting, infuriating, and riddled with stress, especially if you have a contentious relationship with your ex. Concern about your ex’s parenting abilities, worries about child support or other financial issues, constant conflict, or struggling to overcome resentments left over from your relationship can all take a very real toll. Making shared decisions, interacting at drop-offs, or even communications with the one another in general can seem like impossible tasks. It is possible however, and necessary for the sake of your kids, to overcome co-parenting challenges and develop a cordial relationship with your ex.

The key is to separate the personal relationship from the co-parenting relationship. Acting in the best interest of the kids is your most important priority. Be a mature, responsible co-parent by always putting your children’s needs ahead of your own personal agenda. You can accomplish this by:

  • Separating feelings from behavior. Sure, you are hurt and angry, but your feelings don’t have to dictate your behavior. Working cooperatively with the other parent is what’s best for your children. Let this motivate your actions.
  • Don’t put your children in the middle. Compartmentalize your feelings of resentment and bitterness about your break up. They are your issues, not your child’s. Never use kids as messengers. Using your children to convey messages to your ex puts them in the center of your conflict. Keep your issues to yourself. Don’t say negative things about your ex to your children or make them feel like they have to choose.
  • Improve communication. In all methods of communication, the following can help maintain effective communication. Set a business-like tone: Speak or write to your ex as you would a colleague. Use respect and neutrality in your messages and conversations. Make requests: Statements can be misinterpreted as demands. Try using things like, “Would you be willing to…? Or “Can we try…?” Show restraint: Communicating with each other is something you’re going to have to do for their entire childhood. You can be intentional about not overreacting to your ex. Over time you can become numb to the buttons they try to push.

In the end if things become too toxic. Seek the help of a reputable family law attorney to help you navigate the difficulties and make decisions as to how to proceed in the best interest of your children. Call us now to schedule your free consultation. At Dodge & Vega, PLC we believe you should never have to pay a fee for an initial consultation: 480-656-8333.

Additional Resources include checking out Arizona Family Laws including but not limited to the rule on Parenting Plans which specifically deals with co parenting issues. The text of this rule is below for your consideration:

ARS 25-403.02 – Parenting Plans

A. If the child’s parents cannot agree on a plan for legal decision-making or parenting time, each parent must submit a proposed parenting plan.

B. Consistent with the child’s best interests in section 25-403 and sections 25-403.03, 25-403.04 and 25-403.05, the court shall adopt a parenting plan that provides for both parents to share legal decision-making regarding their child and that maximizes their respective parenting time. The court shall not prefer a parent’s proposed plan because of the parent’s or child’s gender.

C. Parenting plans shall include at least the following:

1. A designation of the legal decision-making as joint or sole as defined in section 25-401.

2. Each parent’s rights and responsibilities for the personal care of the child and for decisions in areas such as education, health care and religious training.

3. A practical schedule of parenting time for the child, including holidays and school vacations.

4. A procedure for the exchanges of the child, including location and responsibility for transportation.

5. A procedure by which proposed changes, relocation of where a child resides with either parent pursuant to section 25-408, disputes and alleged breaches may be mediated or resolved, which may include the use of conciliation services or private counseling.

6. A procedure for periodic review of the plan’s terms by the parents.

7. A procedure for communicating with each other about the child, including methods and frequency.

8. A statement that each party has read, understands and will abide by the notification requirements of section 25-403.05, subsection B.

D. If the parents are unable to agree on any element to be included in a parenting plan, the court shall determine that element. The court may determine other factors that are necessary to promote and protect the emotional and physical health of the child.

E. Shared legal decision-making does not necessarily mean equal parenting time.

We are here for you. Hopefully your co parenting relationship doesn’t need the help of an attorney, but often they do. Call us and we will schedule your free consultation: 480-656-8333.

Written By:

Brandi Collins, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben owns and manages a law firm of Affordable Arizona Family Law, Personal Injury, and Bankruptcy Lawyers. He is a nationally certified trial attorney, entrepreneur, endurance Athlete, and extreme Ultra Cyclist.

Ben Dodge, Esq.

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is.

Ben Dodge, Trial Lawyer and NITA Advocate

In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge Ben is one a very few lawyers trained in advance litigation skills through the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA) and has earned the designation as a NITA Advocate.

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at ben@dodgevegalaw.com

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

Scott Disick, Tristan Thompson and Travis Scott all have one thing in common; can you guess what it is? That’s right! None of them have court orders regarding Parenting Time or Custody! All three of these men have children with one of the Kardashian sisters, but legally have no way to enforce Parenting Time or Custody. What does this mean for Khloe Kardashian now that her and Tristan Thompson have split up? Well, the couple has been living in both Ohio and California since the birth of their daughter, True, and one of the first steps in filing for legal action in a family law case is determining what Court has jurisdiction over the matter. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) is an act that has been adopted by every state except for Massachusetts. The UCCJEA sets forth the policies for what constitutes a court’s child custody jurisdiction in a family law matter. In order to determine which state has proper jurisdiction the UCCJEA uses the following factors:

  1. The home state of the child is one in which the child has lived in for six months immediately before the custody proceedings began. If the child is under the age of six months, jurisdiction falls to the state in which the child was born.
  2. If no single state has jurisdiction based on item 1, jurisdiction falls where the child and parent have significant connections other than residence. This may include extended family ties.
  3. If a state has jurisdiction as defined by provision 1 or 2, it may decline to exercise this jurisdiction if it wishes to do so by transferring jurisdiction to another state.

Determining which Court has jurisdiction could potentially become a confusing and complicated battle on its own. If Khloe decides to mimic the parenting styles of her sisters, she may choose to not involve the courts at all and hope Tristan is willing to co-parent without court orders. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and of course will be a huge part of the upcoming season of Keeping Up with the Kardashian’s which premieres Sunday, March 31st.

Find out more about your family law issue in a free consultation.  Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best.  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Andrea Cadillo, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

 

 

 

Dodge & Vega PLC

Ben Dodge, Esq., Attorney, Entrepreneur, Endurance/Ultra Cyclist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Family Law Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is. In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at ben@dodgevegalaw.com

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Right now, we are in the thick of the holiday season. For divorced families or families going through divorces, juggling holiday schedules can be quite overwhelming and emotional. They have to decide which parent gets to spend which holiday with the children, often leaving the other parent without his or her kids during the holiday and with a huge void in his or her heart.

Is there a way around alternating holidays with your ex? The short answer is yes! In Arizona, parties have flexibility in how they structure their parenting time schedules. They can spend as much or as little time co-parenting as they want. Even if there is a court-ordered parenting time schedule in place, if both parties consent, they can make changes to the schedule that are in the best interest of their children. So, for example, if 2015 is Mom’s year to be with the kids for Christmas per the court-ordered parenting time schedule, Dad can crash the fun if Mom is on board with that game plan. The kids would likely cherish the special time with both of their parents. Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey provide a great example of how co-parenting during the holiday season could work.

Enjoy your holiday season with your loved ones!

Most of you readers out there in cyberspace probably have experienced family law issues personally, by listening to the experiences of a family member or a friend, or through your favorite television series or movie. The experiences of a family law attorney may be a mystery to you. Today, that changes. I present to you A Day in the Life of a Family Law Attorney. Imagine sitting in the chair in the photograph to the right, and experience the journey of a family law practitioner. The following is an example of what life as an Arizona family law attorney is like for me. Please note that names and certain identifying facts have been changed to protect the privacy of clients.

5:45 a.m. My alarm will not go off for another 15 minutes. However, my toddler son is crawling on top of my head. Looks like it’s time to start my day.

5:55 a.m. I glance at my inbox on my iPhone and skim the names of senders, subjects, and content blurbs. Okay, probably going to have a few fires to put out this morning. Client/Father in the Jones case expressing concern that Mother will leave Arizona with minor children, Client/Mother in the Michaels case emails me to notify me that Opposing Party/Father has violated the legal decision-making order by starting minor child on a medication without consulting with Mother and that Mother does not deem as necessary.

7:45 a.m. Make 45-minute commute to Southeast Court in Mesa for Resolution Management Conference (“RMC”) in the Jeffries case. I had gone back and forth trying to settle with the pro per opposing party/Mother in this case until 7:30 p.m. last night. No dice. I had to try — after all, I needed to try to come to a resolution for a Resolution Management Conference.

8:25 a.m. Arrive at Southeast Court. I know the drill. Throw my bag, file, and legal pad onto the conveyor belt at security. Walk through metal detector. Anticipate beep. As predicted, the detector beeps. Turn 180 degrees and face the door. Hold my arms out parallel to the floor before the security guard even asks. Guard takes hand wand and runs it along the perimeter of my body. I smile, grab my items, and go on my way.

8:30 a.m. Arrive outside of the courtroom. Wait for my client to arrive. A few moments later, both parties arrive. We cut to the chase. I ask opposing party/Mother if we can try to find some common ground. My client expresses his willingness to settle and desire to stop the bickering for the sake of the children. To my surprise, we work out a deal that both parties seem to be satisfied with. Wow. I guess putting in the extra hours last night and encouraging my client to negotiate with Mother has paid off. The agreement that they have come to is likely far better than what the judge would likely decide.

9:00 a.m. RMC commences. Judge asks me for an update. I triumphantly announce that the parties have come to an agreement. I feel like a mother whose child brought straight As home from school.

9:30 a.m. I leave court and head to the office. Tupac comes on the radio. Seems like good celebration music. I drive with one hand on the wheel and bob my head to the beat. Yes, lawyers listen to hip-hop too.

9:45 a.m. Arrive at office. I say hello to the team and briefly chat with Ben (my boss/founding partner/managing partner), Randi (my right-hand woman/family law paralegal), Dee (the glue that holds the office together/bankruptcy & personal injury paralegal), and Melissa (our legal assistant who brings way too many tempting treats to the office). We talk about our weekends and the Kardashians/Jenners.

9:50 a.m. Now time to get down to business. I meet with Randi to download her on the morning’s events. She gives me intel about what has been going on with our family law clients while I was gone. Believe me, a lot can happen in a few hour’s time. We prioritize our issues, including the ones from the emails that I skimmed earlier in the morning.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. I spend the remainder of my day checking my inbox, reviewing and signing letters and pleadings that need to go out a.s.a.p., reading my emails, and responding. I ensure clients that yes, we will notify the Court at the appropriate time of the opposing party’s violation of the legal decision-making order. Yes, we can file an emergency motion to stop Mother from leaving the state with the children.

1:00 p.m. I draft a motion requesting that the court permit my client Ms. Peters to serve her ex husband through alternative means since we believe that the ex is evading service. I reference relevant caselaw/statutes and explain our numerous attempts to serve our client’s ex.

1:30 p.m. Client meeting with Mr. Ambrose regarding his upcoming hearing. I remind Mr. Ambrose that he cannot talk to the children about his case or negatively about the opposing party/their mother or else he can get into trouble with the Court. I recommend that we try to negotiate with Mother because by negotiating, the parties have more control over what happens than they would if they left the issues up to a judge. It’s at least worth a try. Mr. Ambrose agrees.

6:00 p.m. The work day is over. I can’t help but glance at my work inbox on my iPhone. I’m working on that.