Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Parenting Plans on the Holidays

Hopefully everyone got along for the holidays, and all the visitation happened as it was supposed to under your parenting plan.  If the other parent was not cooperative, you are to be congratulated for waiting until after the holidays to seek relief in the courts.  It is very hard to be cheated out of parenting time, and it is even more emotionally freighted during the holidays.

If you do need to file a contempt of court (or defend against an unjustified attempt to hold you in contempt), remember that a contempt of court is a willful violation of a court order, without good excuse.  Most court orders are plainly worded, and so the violation is clear.  Next, the good excuse and willfulness elements interact most of the time.  Perhaps someone accidentally violated the parenting plan, but that is not likely.  More likely, the person violating the order thinks he or she has a good excuse, and the other side thinks the violation was simply a willful desire for the violator to get their way, despite the court orders.

Spokane Washington family attorney Craig Mason will sit down with you to explore these contempt issues.  Mr. Mason has years of experience in bringing and defending contempt actions.  You want and need an experienced representative who knows his way around Spokane County family court.  Give him a call to set up your initial consultation at (509) 443-3681.

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