Most parties enjoy holiday and vacation time with the children. Most parties take two to three weeks of nonconsecutive vacation time with the child each year. In addition, they will also have holiday time. In most cases, the parties work together and try to formulate a holiday parenting time schedule that works for them. If they cannot formulate a schedule, they can utilize the Court Holiday Schedule.
The Court Holiday Schedule provides that each parent has holidays with the child that alternate on a yearly basis. For example, one party may have Easter and Christmas Eve in odd number years (i.e. 2011) and in even number years (i.e. 2012) the other party will have Easter and Christmas Eve. The following is an example of a Court holiday rotating schedule:
HOLIDAY VISITATION SCHEDULE
The following holidays shall be alternated between the parties each year, with the person having the earlier birth date in the calendar year having the odd holidays, the other the even, during the first year. Unless otherwise indicated, those holidays shall run from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
1. Christmas Eve, December 24th at 6:00 p.m. to Christmas Day, December 25th at 11:00 a.m.
2. Christmas Day, December 25th at 11:00 a.m. to December 26th at 4:00 p.m.
3. New Year's Eve, December 31st at 6:00 p.m. to January 1st at 11:00 a.m.
4. New Year's Day, January 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
5. Martin Luther King Day, if relevant (unless the child is in school)
6. Washington's Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday, President's Day (unless the child is in school)
7. Good Friday, 10:00 a.m. to Easter Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
8. Easter Saturday, 4:00 p.m. to Easter Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
9. Memorial Day
10. Fourth of July
11. Labor Day
12. Thanksgiving Day
The following special days shall be adhered to as indicated:
1. Father's Birthday to father (from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., if it falls on a school day)
2. Mother's Birthday to mother (from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., if it falls on a school day)
3. Mother's Day to mother
4. Father's Day to father
5. Child's Birthday – Non-custodial parent to have at least three (3) hours visitation
OTHER DAYS OF OBSERVANCE THAT MAY BE CONSIDERED, IF APPLICABLE
3. Yom Kippur
4. Rosh Hashanah
5. Columbus Day