Scenario # 1
Your children are ages 3 & 4. Both children go to a private early childhood facility, and the oldest child will be starting kindergarten next year. You always figured that the children would go to public school since you the local elementary school is "A" rated and the private elementary school is $25,000 per child. Your ex-spouse not only wants the children to attend private school, but insists that you pay for the expense based upon your income. The Parenting Plan outlines a few high level items about education, but it doesn't have specifics about private school.
Scenario # 2
You celebrate Hanukkah and your ex-spouse celebrates Christmas. The Parenting Plan clearly identifies that you will have time-sharing on the first night of Hanukkah, and your ex-spouse will have time-sharing on Christmas Eve. In the first three years following the adoption of the Parenting Plan, these holidays were a few weeks apart. When you receive a text stating that the children will not be with you on Christmas Eve, you look at the calendar only to realize that the two holidays overlap.
Scenario # 3
Your best friend is visiting from out-of-state and invites you to join for a long weekend at Disney World. You love the idea, and it's your time-sharing weekend. Your were flexible when your ex-spouse asked for two of your days last month when a family member was in town, so you feel that it's only fair. You ask if the kids can miss school on Thursday and Friday, but your request is denied.
The ex-spouse could reference the Dispute Resolution clause in the Parenting Plan and ultimately engage an attorney. To fight the matter, you would involve your attorney and could find yourself in Court with expert witnesses and thousands of dollars in expenses. One statement in your Parenting Plan would protect you.
The Jewish calendar and the Gregorian (American) calendar don't always align. If Hanukkah and Christmas Eve fall on the same day in this scenario, both parents are right but somebody is going to be without the children.
Much to your dismay, your receive an email reminding you that the Parenting Plan has a clause clearly stating that "No travel shall take place that interferes with the children's formal schooling, without express written approval by the other parent." So much for extending an olive branch.