There are seasons in domestic law, just like in life. Presently I'm in the midst of one of the worse seasons.
All Holidays - the parents look at their calendars and determine that Johnny isn't with them on the day of their family party. That just isn't going to work. So they call me and want me to "fix it" quick. These calls usually come 2-3 days before a holiday. I had three of those calls. Two were settled by a quick call to the other attorney. One did not work out because the other side refused to respond.
There are also the calls that the other spouse has mis-interpreted the Order and/or hasn't returned the child. This week I had a new situation - Dad decided that he and new wife would go ahead to his parents to celebrate. He just didn't show up to get the child from Mom. The child was very upset. Luckily Mom didn't have plans that she couldn't change.
After Christmas - the out-of-town parent gets to spend time with their children. The children love time with Disney parent who, of course, spoils them rotten over the holiday. Children decide that they like the situation and want to stay there. Or, worse, the child reveals abuse and now needs to stay. Client calls and needs emergency custody now, before they are scheduled to return. I had two calls like this.
Post Holiday - holiday is over and Mom just had her holiday weekend. Next weekend was supposed to be Mom's every-other-weekend time. Dad is upset because now Mom has two weekends in a row. Dad calls to complain. I had a call from a client that owes me $12,000 about this. I decided not to call her back......
Money - child reveals that Dad is working more hours and got a raise. Mom wants her child support increased. Dad gets laid off over the holidays and wants support decreased. I had three calls about this. I ran the numbers and only one met the "substantial affect" test justifying a change.
Summer - child comes to visit. Decides they don't want to return to the other parents. Of course this isn't decided until 2 days before they are scheduled to return and start school. Which means things must be done last minute.
The split - parents share child on a week-to-week split but do not live in the same school district. The child reaches kindergarten age. Parents can not agree what to do or what school to use. I'm getting ready to file one of these.
Ah this is fun................