A consistent holiday schedule can create stability so a child can prepare for where they will spend their time. There are a few ways parents can create this schedule, depending on how they get along and wish to split their time.
If you don’t currently have stipulations for the holidays in your visitation schedule, you can revisit a family court and request a modification. Doing so may ensure you get the time and/or specific holidays you would like with your child. To accomplish this, speak with your child custody attorney for help drafting the new terms of your schedule.
Types of Holiday Schedules
Ideally, most parents would love to spend every holiday with their child. If you and your ex are on good terms, perhaps you can continue celebrating holidays as one unit. Most estranged couples, however, prefer to come up with an alternate solution. Parents generally split the holidays using one of the methods listed below:
One way you and your ex can create a schedule is by switching who has the child on a given holiday each year. For example, if one parent has the child for Thanksgiving this year, the other parent will get the child on Thanksgiving on the following year.
For parents who prefer having their children on the same holidays each year, a fixed schedule might work best. A fixed holiday schedule allows parents to plan their personal schedules around the holiday schedule more effectively because it remains the same from year to year.
If you and your ex live close to each other, you can each your child on the same day. For example, you could have your child the night before the holiday and the next morning, and your ex can spend time with your later that afternoon and evening.
Protecting Your Parental Rights
If you and your former partner have yet to create a holiday visitation schedule, our attorney can help. We can discuss the options with you to work out what is best for your situation.