Splitting the Holidays During a Divorce in California
After the parents of children split up, ideally, the parents will draw up a parenting and custody arrangement that will ensure the child’s right to continuous and frequent contact with both parents. This can take a variety of forms, but of course, all days of the year are not equal in significance or importance to families. Birthdays, holidays, religious occasions, and other special days must be considered when drawing up an arrangement splitting the holidays during a divorce in California.
In this post we will discuss some essential considerations for splitting the holidays. In our follow up to this post, we will provide some sample holiday visitation arrangements that parents can consider.
- Consult with your attorney to discuss your holiday parenting arrangements.
- It is best for the children if circumstances them allow to experience holidays with both parents, developing traditions with both sides including the extended families.
- Be flexible, especially when long distance travel is involved for holiday plans.
- If it is your turn for a given holiday, consider facilitating a phone call to the other parent who is not with the child, especially on important holidays such as Christmas and birthdays.
- If your child is school-aged, get a complete copy of their school schedule including the exact dates of holiday breaks. It will be necessary to have this information before making an arrangement.
- Even if your relationship with your child’s other parent is strained, you will support your children’s development and emotional health when you support their positive holiday experiences with your former partner and their family.
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