Saturday, October 19, 2013

Can my 12yr old attend a bar mitzvah if his father is saying no because he doesn't want to give up the time with him

Q:  The father is mad at me because I didn't give him up on one of my days

A:  David's Answer:  If it falls on a day the father has visitation per a court order, then the father gets to decide (assuming there's no corollary provision allowing the child to attend events otherwise scheduled on visit days). You may wish to consider filing a modification petition allowing the child to attend such events on visitation days, so long as the father gets a make-up - or alternatively permitting the father to attend. For a full assessment, schedule a consultation with a Westchester Family Law attorney.   -- David Bliven, Westchester Family Law attorney (

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