Losing a part of yourself in a divorce is tough and could break even the strongest of people, but what hurts most is not being able to spend some time with your kids once the divorce has been finalized. Having a visitation schedule for divorced parents prevents quarrels over who has the kids at any specific time. This way, you get to see your kids when due with no resistance from your spouse.
A holiday visitation schedule is simply a timetable or a routine that stipulates which parent has custody of the kids for an agreed time during a holiday. A good holiday visitation schedule for divorced parents shares holiday time so that both parents can spend some time with the kids.
Types of holidays on a visitation schedule
Although every holiday, whether lengthy or short, should be included in the visitation schedule. However, some standard holidays can never be overlooked, such as:
Religious holidays like Ramadan break and Thanksgiving weekend; Christmas and new year holiday, and winter break.
Some visitation time should be divided when it’s time to celebrate the birthdays of both the children and the parents. Some days are special to both children and parents, such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Thus, the days should be considered as being part of the visitation schedule.
A holiday visitation schedule should also include weekends that last up to three days. These holidays include Martin Luther King Jr Day, Memorial, and Labor Days, among others.
How to Schedule Time for Holiday Visitation
Some holidays can be scheduled for divorced parents to spend some time with their children, and most of these holidays have been highlighted above. The tips below can help in scheduling visitation time during the holidays.
It applies to holidays that are a bit lengthy. The duration of the holiday should be split in half so that the kids spend one half of the holiday with one parent and the other half with the second parent.
Assigning a fixed holiday for a parent is advisable because there is certainty over who gets to visit during which holiday. This way, there are no disputes over whose turn it is to visit.
If one parent visits during a holiday (say Thanksgiving) this year, then the other parent should get the time to visit during next year’s Thanksgiving holiday. That ensures that the kids share the same holidays with different parents as the years go by.
A good holiday visitation schedule should put into consideration the amount of time each holiday has so that the time could be divided equally to avoid any grievances from either side of the parents and children.
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