Tips for Child Custody During the Holidays

Tips for Child Custody During the Holidays

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 6-Nov-2019

Now that the holidays are quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas. While the holidays can be such a joyous time of year that brings feelings of warmth and love, they can be stressful for newly divorced parents. If you’re headed toward divorce, recently separated from your spouse, or if you’re in the divorce process, you may feel conflicted about sharing your children for the holidays and that’s only normal.

The holiday season can bring feelings of stress, loneliness, and emptiness for divorcing parents, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you feel confused about how to go about timesharing during the holiday season, we can help. In this article, we offer some tips on how to handle child custody during the holiday season.

Addressing the Holidays in the Divorce

When parents get a divorce, one of the critical aspects of their divorce agreement will be child custody. In the absence of child neglect, child abuse, spousal abuse, abandonment, and substance abuse, the courts strongly encourage both parents to be as involved in their children’s lives as possible.

In situations where both parents are involved in the children’s upbringing, they have to work together to work out a child custody agreement that is in their children’s best interests, and the parenting plan must address how the family will handle the holidays, along with summer vacation and spring break.

“How do we go about addressing the holidays so everyone is happy?” Before parents come to any conclusions, first they should consider:

  • The children’s ages
  • Family traditions
  • The distance between the parents’ homes
  • Which holidays are special to each parent
  • The children’s interests in the holidays
  • The children’s school schedules
  • The parents’ work schedules

Holiday Custody Arrangements

When it comes to holiday custody arrangements, there is no such thing as a “one size fits all approach.” Most commonly, however, parents will alternate holidays. For example, Parent A will get the kids on Thanksgiving on even years and Parent B will get them on odd years.

As for Christmas, one parent may get the kids on Christmas Eve, while the other parent gets them on Christmas Day, or they may rotate them each year. But not all parents choose to rotate the holidays every year.

If the parents are on good terms, they can spend the holidays together and warmly include each parent’s significant other in the mix. Generally, the better the parents get along, the easier it is to be flexible during the holidays. In high-conflict families, it’s better to stick to the holiday schedule laid out in the parenting plan.

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