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Parental visitation and the holidays

Texas families affected by divorce may have to deal with significant challenges during the holiday season. While visitation schedules are often set by a judge, those parents who are able to work together to discuss parenting time may be able to arrive at a viable plan for the holidays without an outside party imposing a decision. Those who are just beginning divorce proceedings might want to use the holiday season as a springboard to developing a comprehensive parenting schedule for the current year as well as for the future.

One of the most common approaches to holiday visitation involves alternating years. In this scenario, children would spend important holidays with different parents each year, trading off from one year to the next. Split time can also be a viable option for those who can get along fairly well, allowing children to have visitation with each parent on important holidays. It is common for these decisions to be contentious because each parent typically wants to spend a special day with their children. However, it is important to remember the importance of a holiday in the eyes of a child, realizing that being with both parents might be the most important concern.

A parent may find that it is possible to develop a reasonable child custody arrangement that encompasses the needs of the child and the desires of the parents in a fair manner. However, some couples may experience problems because of drama or undermining activity if one party refuses to cooperate.

If a divorce has not yet been finalized, a parent might work with a family law attorney to create a temporary visitation plan to propose to the other party. This may provide a trial period to work out the kinks before the matter is formalized. It is important that an agreement is recorded in written form so that the terms are clear and enforceable.

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