Separated parents sometimes can’t agree on parenting issues.
Most issues can be resolved by mediation or litigation … whenever.
But some have deadlines.
Take school. Selection.
School starts when it starts.
Even if the parents are going through a custody case.
If the parents can’t agree, a judge must decide.
Depending on the nature of the dispute, the judge may want to hear from witnesses and see evidence.
Regarding differences in tuition, differences in religious orientation, differences in location, student track records, etc.
Hearings like that take time and plenty of advance scheduling.
But parents tend not to take such factors into account.
Alerting their attorneys to these issues much too late for a timely decision going the evidentiary hearing route.
Or perhaps they thought the matter was resolved only to learn at the last minute that it really was not.
Failing to definitively resolve the dispute in a timely manner can force decisions into hurried hearings with inadequate information.