Holidays & Vacations

Scheduling Special Days to Ensure Time with Your Child

Most divorcing parents enjoy taking vacations with their children, taking as much as 2-3 weeks of vacation time, non-consecutively, with them each year. In addition to this, parents also enjoy holiday time. Generally divorcing parents are able to determine a schedule that works well for them, but if they cannot agree, they are welcome to use the court's holiday visitation schedule.

If you have questions on how holidays and vacations will work in your parenting plan, our Monmouth County custody lawyers can help. Contact the Law Office of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC today to learn more!

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:

  • Christmas Eve, December 24th at 6:00 p.m. to Christmas Day, December 25th at 11:00 a.m.
  • Christmas Day, December 25th at 11:00 a.m. to December 26th at 4:00 p.m.
  • New Year's Eve, December 31st at 6:00 p.m. to January 1st at 11:00 a.m.
  • New Year's Day, January 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Martin Luther King Day, if relevant (unless the child is in school)
  • Washington's Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday, President's Day (unless the child is in school)
  • Good Friday, 10:00 a.m. to Easter Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
  • Easter Saturday, 4:00 p.m. to Easter Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day

Special Days

The following special days shall be adhered to as indicated:

  • Father's birthday to father (from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., if it falls on a school day)
  • Mother's birthday to mother (from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., if it falls on a school day)
  • Mother's Day to mother
  • Father's Day to father
  • Child's birthday – Non-custodial parent to have at least three (3) hours visitation

Other Days of Observance That May Be Considered, if Applicable

  • Ramadan
  • Passover
  • Yom Kippur
  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Columbus Day
  • Halloween
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanza
  • Sukkot

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

If you need help in making sure the holiday and vacation parenting time schedule is the best possible for your child, schedule a free consultation today with our Monmouth County custody attorneys!

Call the Law Office of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC today at (732) 624-6343 to get started.

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