Summer is full of activities for most New York families. Holidays like Memorial Day and Independence Day, family vacations, summer camp for children, and other events fill the schedule in place of the ordinary school and work routine of the rest of the year.
When you’re creating a child custody agreement, figuring out how to split these summer holidays and other events can seem overwhelming. What’s fair? What’s possible? What offers the best opportunities for your children?
Here are several common ways that parents share holiday time. Your Long Island child custody attorney at the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC can provide guidance or suggest additional options that may be better for your specific needs:
- Alternate holidays. Parents are assigned certain holidays in even-numbered years, then “swap” in odd-numbered years. For instance, the children might spend Independence Day 2015 with one parent, and then spend Independence Day 2016 with the other parent. This way, neither parent “misses” any holiday more than one year in a row.
- Split holidays. If parents live close together, children can spend the morning with one parent and the afternoon with the other. This arrangement can work well if both families have holiday parties the children don’t want to miss, but it requires careful planning.
- Double up on holidays. Children might spend the actual holiday date with one parent, and then celebrate the holiday on a different date with the other parent. For instance, the children may get a long weekend in late August with one parent, then a long weekend over Labor Day in September with the other parent.
To discuss the best child custody arrangement for you and your children, contact the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC for a free consultation. Help is just a phone call away. Call (516) 227-5353.