9 September 2013 0 Comments

Holiday Season Visitation

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Can you believe we’re in September already? Before you know it the holidays will be upon us – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Pre-Planning will often prevent disputes over visitation among divorced parents. Having a written holiday visitation schedule can make your life much easier; it lays out where the children will be spending each holiday – without having to argue with your ex.

A good plan is when parents rotate holidays throughout the year, allowing the children to be with their mother on Mother’s Day and with their father on Father’s Day.

Christmas, because the children are off from school, should be split evenly between the parents. For example, one parent will have the first half of the break and the other parent the second half. Parents need to take into consideration the regular scheduling, such as if the non-custodial parent is going to miss the regular visitation time due to the other parent having that holiday, the regular schedule should resume after the holiday.

The following are some suggestions to minimize conflict and maximize visitation:

  • Plan your vacations at the beginning of the year
  • If you have a special day you want to share with your children, include in the planning
  • Communicate with your ex in writing of your visitation requests for the coming year
  • Always follow-up with your ex – never assume the special day is going to happen
  • Don’t wait for the last minute to declare your visitation schedule – it could be very frustrating to the other parent

To avoid unnecessary emotional turmoil or missing your visitation time, plan ahead, communicate early and document all communications in writing.

If you need help in setting up a good visitation schedule for the holidays or for everyday, contact an experienced Riverside family lawyer at the law offices of Holstrom, Sissung, Marks & Anderson. We can guide you through your family issues so you can focus on having a great day or holiday with your children.

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