Traditional holidays are coming up soon!
Assuming you have a court order, you should review the possession schedule in your order. Remember, most Orders allow the parent to tailor the possession schedule to the needs of the families by mutual written agreement. If you want to follow the default schedule in the order, then get clear on when the exchanges are to take place.
Christian Holidays are Thanksgiving November 24th through Sunday, November 27th. Christmas this year falls on Sunday, December 25th with the exchange on need December 28th falling on a Wednesday through the day before school resumes, unless you have an “expanded” schedule.
Jewish Holidays are Sukkot October 9-16th, Thanksgiving November 24-27th, and Chanukah December 18-December 26th. Of course, New Year’s is included in most possession schedules.
Some parents may have a custom holiday possession schedule based on a religious tradition other than Christianity or Judaism.
Expanded possession schedules allow the non-custodial parent an election to pick-up the child[ren] from school and return them when school resumes at the end of the school holiday schedule.
It is a good idea to make sure your children are aware of the schedule so there are not surprises.
If you are separated, but you do not have a court order, then see if you and the other parent can make an agreement. If you do make an agreement, reduce it to writing and get signatures. An exchange of emails is an easy way to do this. Just make sure the agreement is clear and specific about the date, time, and places of exchange.
Cheers to you and your family. We hope you enjoy the joy and excitement that we should experience during the holiday.
Please contact SHANNON FAMILY LAW if you have any questions or concerns about the holiday schedule for you and your family. Ph. 512-733-8259. Website: www.shannonfamilylaw.com.