During the divorce process parents must settle a variety of issues. One of the most important topics divorcing spouses in Florida must resolve is child custody. During the divorce proceeding, either through the courts or through a settlement agreement, parents will divide the time they spend with their children. It is common for parents to split up the holidays and summer vacation, but one U.S. father has an unusual request regarding the visitation schedule. He is asking for custody of his children on the day of the NCAA men’s basketball title game if and when his favorite team ends up playing.
The father explained that college sports is part of what he considers his heritage. He compared this to other people forming their sense of identity around religion or ethnicity. He said that if his favorite team went to the NCAA championship game, it would be like a holy event for him, similar to a religious holiday.
The request made by the father surprised his wife and her attorney when he presented it to them. His wife requested custody of their children for a variety of Jewish holidays, as well as half of their Christmas vacation. The father, on the other hand, only asked for a few religious holidays, namely Christmas and Easter. He also requested custody for St. Patrick’s Day and Super Bowl Sunday.
As this case illustrates, child custody agreements in Florida and elsewhere can come in many different shapes and sizes, and are as unique as the families that they serve. As long as either the parents agree or the court has ordered it, custody agreements can include an infinite variety of terms. When crafting a child custody agreement, it is imperative that both parents are fully informed of their rights and options. Such agreements are best made when both parents can focus on the needs of the child or children involved and work together to make the transition as easy as possible. However, if it becomes necessary to turn to the courts for resolution, the judge will order a custody and visitation plan to ensure that the best interest of the child is protected.