With the holidays on the horizon you might find yourself stressed about how to deal with various child custody and visitation issues. This is understandable. After all, every parent wants to spend the holidays with their child, but that oftentimes just isn’t possible. However, with sound planning and a strong co-parenting relationship, you can navigate a parenting plan that suits your needs and supports the best interests of your child.
What are your planning options?
There are a lot of ways that you can address holiday parenting time. Here are a few of your options:
- Alternate holidays so that you and your child’s other parent rotate who will get the child on major holidays each year
- Split holidays so that you and your child’s other parent share each holiday with your child, with each parent having either a morning or afternoon with the child
- Stick will celebrating the same holiday with your child every year so that you never have to share that holiday with your child’s other parent
- Celebrate the holiday in question twice, making a special time to be with your child even if that means that you don’t get to spend the actual holiday with him or her
Of course, each of these arrangements comes with its own challenges. You’ll have to navigate pickup and drop off times, and you might have disagreements about which parent gets which holiday with the child. However, by being respectful and keeping the focus on your child, the chances are pretty good that you’ll be able to come to some sort of resolution.
Seek help when needed
Of course, not all child custody and visitation issues are easily resolved. When this is the case, you may want to consider taking formal legal action to ensure that your child’s best interests are fully protected. To learn more about what that could look like in your case, please continue to browse our website.