Holiday planning is a key element of your parenting plan

The holiday season can be both a joyous and complicated time for all parents. But if you are a parent who is going through a divorce, the holiday season can present a variety of complications. Typically, both parents want to have lots of time with their children, but unless they are able to totally table their differences so the entire family can be together, they will have to share.

When making a parenting plan in Florida, parents need to include a section that outlines their plans for holiday scheduling. Fortunately, there are a number of ways for parents to share and divide custody time, including the following:

  • Pre Assigning custody for the same holidays every year. That is, every year one parent may get Christmas while the other gets New Year's Day.
  • Alternating holidays every year, so that one parent gets custody during Christmas on odd-numbered years while the other get it on even-numbered years.
  • Splitting the holidays in half, with each party having the child for part of the day.
  • Scheduling two days for celebrating a holiday. For example, Christmas with one parent could be on December 23rd and on the 25th with the other.

When you are working out a parenting plan, you want to make sure that your holiday schedule meets everyone's needs. But it is all too easy for scheduling decisions to become contentious. For this reason, it can be very helpful to have an experienced Florida family law attorney on your side. The attorney can help you craft a plan that contains amenable custody terms that will be accepted by the court.

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