Where I live, at pretty high northern latitude, and close to the most easterly point in the continental United States, the days have gotten very short, and the snow is falling. As we approach the New Year, it’s a good time to reflect for a few minutes; review the highs and lows of 2015, and begin to plan for what is likely to occur in 2016.
None of us have a crystal ball, and life definitely tends to interfere with the best of plans (as poet Robert Burns once said, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice and men Gang aft agley, and leave us naught but grief and pain…”). Nonetheless, as the immortal Yogi Berra once put it, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.”
One of the regular causes of contested hearings in Family Court is disputes about vacation and holiday contact – especially around Christmas.
When I was a family magistrate, I used to have the clerk hold two days open in the week before Christmas so that we would have a place in the schedule for “Christmas Emergency” hearings.