Below is a short clip from my most recent appearance on Law Call with Rocky Wilkins of Morgan & Morgan. The caller wanted to know about recovering unpaid child support and her facts allowed for a few more opportunities to educate the public on Mississippi Law.
Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody and Child Support Lawyer in Mississippi and reminds you that in Family Law, you can never go wrong if you do what is Right!
For divorced parents, or parents operating under a custody order, summertime is a change in the standard schedule. The summer is full of activities that start and stop at different times. There are camps and visits to grandma’s house. There are trips out-of-town, out-of-state and last-minute opportunities that could be amazing. Be a reasonable parent.
Think about putting the children’s needs ahead of your own. Think about encouraging a good, healthy relationship between the children and the other parent. Think about “what is the right thing to do?,” as opposed to “how can I get the other parent?” By the way, if you do not know what the “right thing” is, you are part of the problem.
Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney in Mississippi and wishes we all could just get along. He also recommends you be a reasonable parent year-round, not just in the summertime.
Both parents say they want physical custody. Both parents say they are the superior parent as compared to the other. One parent is awarded physical custody by the Court. The other parent then refuses EXTRA time, because it would “help” the other parent.
You are wrong. It helps your child. It gives you more opportunity to parent and be with your child. It improves your relationship, creates memories and helps you in the process.
Refusing EXTRA time is petty and can result in resentment between the parents and it makes no sense.
Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody Attorney and reminds parents to always take the extra time.