Child Custody Holiday Parenting Schedule Tips for California Families
Divorced Parents Often Share the Holidays
Divorced parents seeking child custody or visitation holiday schedule tips should always consider their children’s wishes.
Children whose parents are divorced may enjoy celebrating the holidays twice or prefer to split their time between two homes. Sadly, in some cases, a child may not want to see one of the parents and that can certainly be devastating.
Under California Courts, parents can agree to alternate holidays each year on a written visitation schedule so that they have their child for even numbered years and their former spouse has the child on odd numbered years. This type of schedule especially suits families that enjoy leaving town for the holidays to visit out of town or state family members.
However, there are cases where a child lives close to both parents and families can decide to share time together on important holidays. Some parents will split the day between them if their schedule permits and if they have a good co-parenting relationship. One parent can take the child or children on Christmas Eve and morning and the other parent shares Christmas in the afternoon and overnight on Christmas Day. Parents will need to be flexible if they want this to work.
In cases where there is no legal schedule and parents agree to share visitation or custody, consider a written and signed permission or email to ensure there are no misunderstandings.
No matter what works best for your family, it’s best to make these decisions well in advance of the holidays so no one is blindsided.
Keep in mind that parents should avoid battles over children. Always keep in mind what is best of the child and take legal actions if necessary to ensure compliance with court decisions.
Schedule Important Holidays
Some common holidays to put in your holiday schedule are:
New Year’s Day—January 1st
Martin Luther King Jr. Day—3rd Monday in January
Lincoln’s Birthday—Feb 12th
Presidents Day—3rd Monday in Feb
Spring Break — late March or early April
Mother’s Day—2nd Sunday in May
Memorial Day—last Monday in May
Father’s Day—2nd Sunday in June
Juneteenth – June 19th
Independence Day—July 4th
Labor Day—1st Monday in September
Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day—2nd Monday in October
Veterans Day—November 11th
Thanksgiving Day—4th Thursday in November
Christmas Eve—December 24th
Christmas Day—December 25th
New Year’s Eve—December 31st
Your child’s birthday
Days when your child is out of school, like teacher preparation days
School vacation time, like summer break
Other special occasions
Our Law Firm Helps Families Resolve Child Custody Issues
You can learn more about solutions to resolve your child custody matters, visitation schedules or changes to custody by speaking with an experienced family law attorney at Johnson Family Law Group.
Attorney Melissa Wheeler handles all types of child custody agreements, visitation schedules, divorce and spousal support matters.
Whether parents need to create a new agreement or enforce one that is already in place, Melissa Wheeler can help you find solutions for you and your former spouse that ensures all parties involved are taken care of. Please call our firm today at Phone: 949-942-8784 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.