Our expert says:
Family law expert
There are various solutions in situations like these. The most obvious option being that the parents can swap their weekends so that the non-resident parent may have a contact weekend where there is no play date and can then spend the entire weekend with the child. This, however, only works if the divorced parents have a good relationship where it is possible to rearrange contact periods at short notice.
Alternatively the non-resident parent can refuse to let the child go to the party and there is not much that the resident parent can do about it. Although the best interests of the child are the most important consideration, a court will not entertain disputes regarding minor issues such as play dates. In this type of situation, if the child is old enough, he/she may make his/her own decisions about whether he/she wants to go to the non-resident parent for the weekend and miss out on the play date or if he/she wishes to remain with the resident parent and attend the play date.
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