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Co-parenting during the holidays

The holidays are upon us. The Christmas decor is coming out even before children have determined their Halloween costumes. This is an exciting time for children, but it can also be stressful for parents who are in the middle of custody proceedings and for those subject to court ordered custody arrangements. It is common for questions to arise about how the holidays will be celebrated, who they will celebrate with, and who will care for the child during the school break.

Usually parenting time is addressed in each parent’s custody order or agreement. Frequently the parents alternate who has the children for any holiday on an annual basis. Sometimes though dates arise that are not specifically addressed in the parenting plan. For example, the plan may not address who is responsible for managing childcare if the daycare is closed between Christmas and New Year’s day.

The best way to prevent unnecessary stress and confusion during this otherwise celebratory time is to review your plan and communicate with your coparent. If there is a disagreement about how to apply the plan you may want to additional time to consult with your attorney or brainstorm what is best for your children. If you have specific questions, please reach out to one of domestic relations attorneys to set up a consultation.