Co-parenting Plans – Tips for Holidays

One topic that you will want to address in your co-parenting plan is holidays especially since a lot of emotion can surround these days. You will want to have the plans for these days clearly defined so your child will know what to expect and so that you can plan ahead to make the most of the time that you do have with your child.

Be sure to specify times that the children will be dropped off and returned. For example, a child returning at five o’clock on a holiday may still give the other parent some time with the child to celebrate. A nine o’clock return time pretty much guarantees that the other parent will not have any quality time with the child on that day.

If a parent is to get the kids for Christmas, what does that mean? Is Christmas Eve included or should that be defined as a separate holiday? Someone who thinks creatively may even try to say that Christmas includes the holiday break time. To avoid misunderstandings, include the specific days and times that each holiday will encompass in your parenting plan.

Other special days that you may want to include in your co-parenting plan include Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. You may also want to address birthdays – both the child’s and each parent’s. Another possibility is religious holidays or days with special significance to your child or either parent.

School holidays are another potential area of conflict. Spring break, holiday breaks, and summer breaks may be times that the parent that has less parenting time may want to spend with the child. If you have primary residency, make sure that you get at least a couple weeks of time with the kids during these periods for vacations.

By being specific about the plans and times for holidays in your co-parenting plan, you will save headaches and misunderstandings on down the line along with making life easier for your child since he or she will know what to expect.

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