If you are separated from a spouse or partner and are now dividing time
spent with your children, then you will want to make sure to make a comprehensive
plan for the holidays. During the holidays, parents naturally want to
have their children nearby, but sometimes it is necessary to create a
plan that is a bit of a compromise. If you and your ex have shared
custody, then you may be able to use one of these options to make sure you both
get equal time with the children during the holiday season.
Shared Custody for Christmas & New Year's
First, you can create an arrangement where one parent gets the children
from the first day of winter break until the 26thof December. The second
parent will then have the children from the 26th of December until they go back to school in January. This way, one parent
gets the children for Christmas and the other gets to celebrate the New
Year. Normally parents that do this arrangement rotate so that a parent
will have the children on Christmas every other year.
Another option is to share holidays around Christmas by dividing the 2th, 25th, and 16th of December. In this arrangement, one parent will have the children for
all of Christmas Eve and the first half of Christmas Day. The other parent
will then have the children for the second half of Christmas Day and the
day after. The parents can then divide the rest of the child's winter
break to their preference.
A third option that is used by some divorced parents is to split the holiday
season into three segments, isolating Christmas day. This is essentially
a combination of the two above suggestions, dividing winter break in half
but then also dividing the three days surrounding Christmas.
Do you want more information about holiday custody or want an attorney
to assist you in making a decision or enforcing your rights for
visitation or custody?
Contact a Los Angeles family attorney at the firm today.