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Three things to keep in mind about parenting time and the holidays

The holiday season can be stressful in a variety of ways, including dealing with cold, managing more business at work, and planning for family celebrations. For divorced parents, an additional source of stress can be managing hectic parenting time schedules. While such plans may be easy enough to set down on paper, actually making them work isn’t always an easy matter.

With respect to parenting time, there are several important things couples need to keep in mind, particularly when it comes to parenting time during the holidays. First of all, it is important to draft a parenting time schedule that is actually workable under the circumstances a family is facing. In the custody process, parents should work closely with experienced legal counsel not only to ensure their interests are represented in the final parenting time plan, but also that the plan is clearly laid out so as to prevent confusion and that it is practicable and flexible enough that it will not create unnecessary difficulties. 

Secondly, parents need to be aware that compliance with parenting time schedules can be a problem, particularly around the holiday season. There are various reasons for this, including the fact that holidays tend to be emotional times for families. Regardless, parents who have a contentious relationship with their ex need to be aware that compliance can be an issue and that they do have options for enforcing a court ordered parenting time schedule if problems arise.

Thirdly, circumstances can change for divorced families, and divorced parents need to know that they can have their parenting time schedule modified if it proves to be unworkable, whether around holiday time or in any other way. Of course, having an experienced advocate is important when pursuing such modifications to ensure a parent’s interest are represented in the process and that the parent puts the best foot forward in court. 

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