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Changing Holiday Parenting Schedules

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As the holiday season approaches, you will find yourself scheduling out family gatherings. Trying to do what is best for you and your family during this time is a real challenge. However, doing this as a co-parent is even more challenging. As you continue to navigate these difficulties after divorce, you might feel the need to alter your custody arrangement in favor of something that works best for you, your fellow co-parent, and your kids.

Rech Law, P.C. has the suggestions that you need to relax this holiday season. Don’t sweat planning and follow these tips for success.


Alternating holidays is a popular arrangement for many co-parents. For example, one parent might have the kids for Christmas one year, while the other parent waits for the next. This same concept can apply to other holidays throughout the year as well. This arrangement works well because you won’t miss a holiday with your child for more than one year.


You can also consider splitting the holiday in half. Maybe the kids spend the morning with one parent, enjoying breakfast or early morning family events. Then the kids can spend the rest of their day with the other parent, enjoying evening activities. However, this option is not necessarily the best choice if the parents live too far apart, because your kids will have to spend most of their holiday traveling.

Schedule Twice

If alternating holidays or splitting them isn’t possible, try scheduling a holiday twice. For example, one parent can have a Christmas Day celebration a few days before the 25th. This reduces the stress of traveling on Christmas day while also ensuring that both parents get to spend time with their children every year.


Sometimes parents have specific holidays that are more important to them. For example, one parent might celebrate Christmas while the other celebrates Hanukkah. If this is the case, the parent can choose to have their children with them on their important holiday. This is another excellent option for allowing both parents to spend time with their children.

Need Help In Charlotte?

If modifying your custody order or creating successful parenting schedules is challenging, contacting a family law team can help. Rech Law, P.C. is here for you and your children to make the holiday season as fun and relaxing as possible.

Reach our team today at (704) 659-0007 for assistance with custody modifications and other co-parenting needs.