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By delktomli48103527, Dec 5 2016 10:59PM

While making a custody determination, it is normal for judges to split holiday time between the parents. This means that on some years, you may not have your children for Christmas Eve, and on others, you may not have them for all of Christmas Day. It can be hard, for children and parents alike, to adjust to doing things differently around the holidays. However, rather than letting the holidays turn into a struggle, create new Christmas traditions with your children that you can enjoy during your custodial time.

Our office has some very fond memories from Christmases past that you may find inspiration in. For Attorney Jacquelyn Tomlinson, the most memorable tradition of her childhood was a family pot luck dinner on Christmas Eve. To her, Christmas Eve was all about extended family getting together. You can implement this tradition with your side of the family. Attorney Dana Delk’s favorite Christmas tradition is eating dinner at the Huddle House on Christmas night. The tradition started when she was young, because her family went out of town the day after Christmas. The trips have stopped, but the tradition of Huddle House has remained throughout the years. Associate Attorney Katie Hoyt’s favorite tradition is sitting in front of the fireplace, no matter how hot is outside, while her father reads Christmas stories on Christmas Eve. For our Office Manager, Amy Myers, the holidays are all about taking her children, young and grown, to see the Christmas lights.

We have also compiled a list of other Christmas traditions you can begin to implement with your children this Holiday season:

Have a cookie decorating day, and let the kids decorate the cookies to eat or deliver to the neighbors or family.

Make a gingerbread house. The kits to do this are amazing now, but the mess is half of the fun!

You could make Christmas tree ornaments each year. Others who are less artistically inclined could buy a new Christmas tree decoration each year. When the children grow up, they can have a collection of their own with memories to go along with each ornament.

While your children are young, you could help them create a family history. Have them interview family members and record them in a book.

Every year, buy a new Christmas book and read it with your kids.

Pick a favorite Christmas movie, pop some popcorn and make hot chocolate for a cozy Christmas movie night.

Let the kids paint Christmas pictures on the windows with washable paint.

Have your children write a Christmas letter to all the relatives, with the kids telling what they have been up to this year.

Have a birthday celebration for Jesus, have a little cake, and sing happy birthday to Jesus Christmas morning.

Light up your walkway with handmade luminaries.

The day you put up your Christmas Tree, let the kids sleep under it.

Hopefully, our favorite traditions and the list above provide you with plenty of good ideas to help make new, happy memories with your kids. We know the holidays can be a trying time, and a new holiday tradition can take some “getting used to.” However, these new activities will soon become yearly traditions. Call us for some non-traditional holiday visitation schedules that can work for your family. We want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

By delktomli48103527, Nov 18 2016 09:35PM

We want to give you an idea of what to expect during the litigation process. Litigation can be confusing, time consuming, and a miserable process in general. However, in this case, knowledge of the process can sometimes alleviate some of the stress. Consider the following as a general timeline of what you can expect:

• Within a week of retaining: We will begin work on your case. Usually, this means drafting documents on your behalf. Once the paperwork has been drafted, you will be called to the office to sign them.

• Within a month of retaining: Generally, if you are responding to a complaint, we only have thirty days to respond, so we will have filed your answer. We will also file “Discovery” in certain cases. Discovery is simply one party asking the other party questions that they must answer.

• Within three months of retaining: If there are temporary issues in your case, we will file a motion with the Court asking for temporary relief.

• Within six months of retaining: (Hopefully sooner!) Depending on the county, we will hopefully have a final hearing at this point. Again, the timing for a final hearing is almost COMPLETELY county and even judge specific. It also depends on how complicated your case is. Things like children, businesses, and retirement could extend the time necessary to adequately prepare for a case.

Individual judges have control over their dockets, and over scheduling hearings. There are over 50 Circuit Court Judges in the State of Alabama who hear family law matters. This means there are over 50 different dockets, and over 50 different ways of doing things. What could take two months in a rural county could take six months in a busy circuit. There are also issues like settlement and mediation that will fall somewhere in the midst of all of these things.

We know waiting can be frustrating. We strive to keep in regular contact with our clients regarding their status. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation.

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