Creating your custody arrangement can be overwhelming. Of course, you want to spend as much time as possible with your children, especially over the holidays.
Incorporating vacations and holidays into your custody agreement is vital to avoid conflicts in the future.
New York offers parenting plan options
Think about your typical holiday plans and traditions to help you determine what is in the best interests of your children. There are three standard custody schedules for dividing parenting time over the holidays.
A shared schedule gives both parents time
This custody plan enables each parent to spend some time with their children during vacations, holidays or birthdays. You may address one-day holidays by having the children spend the morning with one parent and the evening with the other. You can divide longer breaks by giving each parent a few days.
An alternating schedule divides time annually
Most people choose an arrangement that alternates holiday time between the parents each year. In this type of schedule, the children spend one holiday with you, then spend that holiday with their other parent the following year.
A fixed holiday schedule splits time by specific events
You may like this option if you and your spouse prioritize different holidays or if you want your children to maintain annual traditions. You and your spouse determine which holidays each of you will spend with your children.
You want your children’s school breaks to be positive events. Knowing your rights is the key to ensuring a fair child custody agreement that works for your family and establishes holiday parenting time.