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Is Halloween Making You Rethink Your Custody Agreement?

Posted on: October 22, 2019

Is Halloween Making You Rethink Your Custody Agreement?

Holidays are often a magical time for children, but for parents who share custody of their children, it can seem more like a nightmare. Not only do you have to deal with the logistical challenge of sharing children during the holidays, but there’s an element of emotional baggage that comes with it as well as misunderstandings and conflict often arise.

When a couple gets divorced or separates, it is essential to put a holiday visitation schedule in place to avoid any unnecessary drama or arguments.  

Types of Holiday Visitation Agreements

There are several types of holiday visitation agreements. One of these is split holidays, in which the child spends part of the day with one parent and the other part of the day with the other parent. Another option is alternating holidays where the child goes with one parent for Thanksgiving one year and is with the other parent for Thanksgiving the following year. Dual holidays means that the child celebrates each holiday twice, one with each parent. Finally, there is a fixed holiday agreement where the child always spends a specific holiday with a certain parent. This is often the case when a particular holiday is especially important to one partner, but not so much the other.

What is a Fair Holiday Custody Agreement?

A fair holiday agreement should meet the needs of not just the parents, but also the child. You don’t need to stick with one type of agreement, you can mix and match depending on what works for everyone.

What Holidays Should be Included in the Agreement?

When it comes to establishing a holiday agreement be sure to consider important holidays and dates. This includes, not just religious holidays like Christmas, and other holidays like Thanksgiving, but also birthdays, school holidays, Mother’s and Father’s Day, three-day weekends, and summer vacation.

Can You Modify a Holiday Child Custody Agreement?

Yes, you can request a modification of a child custody agreement. However, when doing so you should consult a lawyer to determine the best course of action.

If you’re rethinking your child custody agreement, contact Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP today!  

Holidays are often a magical time for children, but for parents who share custody of their children, it can seem more like a nightmare. Not only do you have to deal with the logistical challenge of sharing children during the holidays, but there’s an element of emotional baggage that comes with it as well as misunderstandings and conflict often arise.

When a couple gets divorced or separates, it is essential to put a holiday visitation schedule in place to avoid any unnecessary drama or arguments.  

Kristina Kendall-Gkikas
Kendall & Gkikas LLP
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