Creating or updating a schedule for time with your child(ren)
Because holiday parenting time supersedes regular parenting time, parents will need to decide between two options:
- Option 1: The regular weekend parenting schedule will skip the holiday and be carried forward to the weekend following.
- Example: Child(ren) are with the Defendant this Labor Day. Plaintiff’s Regular weekend would have been Labor Day Weekend. With this option, the child(ren) go with the Plaintiff the weekend following Labor Day and the rotation resets. This option works well for parents wanting more consistent rotation.
- Option 2: Regular parenting time will remain unchanged regardless of holiday parenting time even if it creates a situation where one parent may have the children three consecutive weekends.
- Example: Child(ren) are with the Defendant this Labor Day. Plaintiff’s Regular weekend would have been Labor Day Weekend. With this option, the child(ren) go with the Defendant for their regular weekends before and after the Holiday and for the holiday weekend, but the rotation stays the same. This option works well for parents wanting to keep a first/third second/fourth weekend schedule as consistently as possible.
Parents are free to choose whichever holidays/events are important to them and can add or delete from the suggested list most commonly used in Parenting Plans filed with the Court.
- Mother’s Day/Father’s Day
- Memorial Day Weekend
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day Weekend
- Winter Break (some families consider the entire break, others treat Christmas and New Year’s Separately)
- Children’s Birthdays
- Parent’s Birthdays
- Other Events (Consistent Family reunions, Cinco de Mayo, etc.)