The weather is starting to get a bit cooler, which means that the winter holiday season is just around the corner. Now is the time that parents need to take a look at child custody agreements to determine whether the plan for parenting time will work during this period. There are a few special considerations that come with the winter holidays.
First, check to see who has the children on which days this year. Some custody schedules change annually, but others remain in place year after year. Writing down when your child will be with you might help you to make plans for the season.
Second, think about school holidays. While you might not have to make any special arrangements for older children who can stay home alone, you may need a sitter for a child who can’t. Since many sitters have schedules that fill up fast for school breaks, now might be the best time to find child care if you are going to have to work while your child is off school.
Third, look at special events. These are things like the school play that you and your ex might both attend. If you are the parent who gets the school schedule, make sure that your co-parent knows the details for these.
Sometimes, you might need to make changes to the custody schedule for the holiday season. If this is the case, try to work with your ex to get things settled as soon as possible. You might need to head to court if there are serious issues that the two of you can’t agree on.