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Sharing parenting time during the holidays

The holiday season is here, which means you may be worrying about how your divorce will impact how much you will be able to see your children. The choice to end your marriage was a difficult one to make, and you understand how difficult this process can be for the younger members of the family as well. For this reason, you want to make the holiday season as easy as possible for your kids.

One way you can do this is by including specific terms for how you and the other parent will share parenting time during the holiday season. When you have these things arranged, it will eliminate the need to fight over them in the future. This is one of the main reasons why having strong, clear and thoughtful parenting plans in place is one of the keys to post-divorce success for Florida families.

Splitting time or sharing time?

There are a few different ways that custody and parenting time can work during the holidays. First, you may find that it works best for your family to simply alternate holidays. This will mean your child will spend Thanksgiving with one parent and Christmas with the other. The following year you could swap. You may also decide to celebrate a holiday with your children on a different day.

Another thing that works for many families is to split the holiday as evenly as possible. This might include allowing the child to spend the morning with one parent and the evening with the other, or it may mean finding another way to share the time that makes sense for your family.

Should you celebrate together? 

Some families are peaceful and amicable enough to where they can actually celebrate the holiday together. You may find that this specific option makes sense for your family, and it may be what is actually best for your children. Another consideration is to include terms that address how children will spend time with extended family members, such as grandparents, during the holidays.

The best interests of the children

Ultimately, the goal of any custody plan is to protect the best interests of the children above all else. This includes any terms or plans that pertain to the holidays as well. If you think you want to craft your own parenting plan out of court or want to make sure you secure the protection of your parental rights, you may want to speak with an experienced family law attorney regarding your legal options.

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