Holidays and Vacations

Most divorcing parents enjoy vacation time with their children, many taking two to three weeks of nonconsecutive vacation time with the child each year.

These parents will also have holiday time. In most cases, divorcing parents work together and try to formulate a holiday parenting time schedule that works for them. If they cannot formulate a schedule, they can use the court's holiday visitation schedule.

If you have questions on how holidays and vacations will work in your parenting plan, call us, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Steven P. Monaghan, L.L.C., locally 732-852-7102 or toll free 800-705-8295, or go online. Your first consultation is free.

Holiday Visitation 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.

And, unless otherwise noted, those holidays will run from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Here is the court's holiday visitation schedule:

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

Special Days

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

1. Ramadan
2. Passover
3. Yom Kippur
4. Rosh Hashanah
5. Columbus Day
6. Halloween
7. Hanukkah
8. Kwanza
9. Sukkot

Need Help in Dividing Up Holidays and Vacations? Call Us.

If you need help in making sure the holiday and vacation parenting time schedule is the best possible for your child, call us, the lawyers at the Red Bank Law Offices of Steven P. Monaghan, L.L.C., locally 732-852-7102 or toll free 800-705-8295, or go online. Your first consultation is free.