Friday, March 10, 2006

Case Law Development: When Does Spring Break Begin?

It's that time of year, when parents dispute visitation provisions regarding spring break.  The Florida Court of Appeals has cleared up the calendar issue: in a case involving contempt for violation of a visitation order that provided that Father would have spring break visitation from "the time Leon County public schools close for the Spring recess until the morning the Leon County public schools reopen" the appellate court affirmed the trial court's decision that the clause was too ambiguous to uphold contempt. However, the court of appeals noted that the trial court erred in construing the clause to provide a five-day visitation period beginning on Monday and ending on Friday.  Rather, spring break begins and ends on Monday morning when the school reopens. 

Saunders v. Bassett, 2006 Fla. App. LEXIS 3203 (March 7, 2006)

Enjoy your spring break, whenver it begins (or began)! BGF

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