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Holiday Visitation Rights

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2020 | Child Custody

As a new year begins, a new schedule must be decided on for divorced parents. Some divorce cases have mandated holiday visitation rights, and when this happens, it becomes part of a court order that both parents will be legally obligated to follow.

If there is not a court mandated schedule, parents have a bit more flexibility in determining the right fit for their children. If a schedule cannot be agreed upon, an attorney can help mitigate the situation and put one in place.

The purpose of a child visitation holiday schedule is to set expectations for the year and to establish a routine.

These are the more major holidays to consider:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter
  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • The child’s birthday
  • The parents’ birthdays

The goal of a holiday visitation schedule is to keep things fair and switch each year to allow each parent opportunities. One easy way to keep track is to divide the holidays and one parent have half the holidays on even years and the other half on odd years. Though, in civil cases and as long as a court order is not being breached, a schedule can be determined by the parents.

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