While many couples who divorce duke it out over which holiday they will have custody of their children, one man has pulled out all the stops in his divorce settlement, requesting dates no one saw coming.
Michael, who for privacy’s sake has asked his last name not to be revealed, was taken aback when his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer showed him settlement papers in which she requested to have custody of their son and daughter for four Jewish holidays and half their Christmas vacation.
“I’m thinking to myself, ‘This is highly unbalanced,’” said Michael. “I’m not a very religious person, so I tried to think of culturally some other things that are important to me that I wanted to make sure I share with my kids.”
So then, Michael came back with a plan of his own. In figuring out his child custody request, Michael asked to have his seven-year-old daughter Julia and five-year-old son Liam for St. Patrick’s Day and Super Bowl Sunday. These weren’t too odd, but it was his third request that really caught his ex wife and their divorce attorney off guard.
Michael asked for custody of his children on the day of the NCAA men’s basketball title game if Syracuse is one of the two teams playing.
Michael, who grew up in Syracuse and has been a lifelong fan of the team, hopes to pass down his fervent support of the Orange to his children.
“It’s not a holiday exactly, but it is holy to me,” explained Michael. “Other people define themselves by their religion or race. Frankly, Syracuse sports, especially basketball, football and lacrosse, are a big part of my heritage.”
If you are trying to obtain custody of your children, divorce lawyers can help you find loopholes like this one to ensure you spend as much time with them as possible.