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Sharing holiday time with the other parent of your kids

Barring rare circumstances, the other parent of your children will usually share custody with you -- and at the very least, this parent will have visitation rights. This means that when important holidays come around, you'll have to find a way of sharing this time with the other parent of your kids.

Holidays like Hanukkah, Christmas, Halloween, Easter and other cultural and religious days may have special meaning to your family. Your child will probably want to spend time with both you and your spouse on these days, so it's important to find a fair way of divvying up the time. Holding a family meeting to decide this issue could prove fruitful in this regard if you and your ex-spouse are able to talk and work with one another in a civil and respectful fashion.

Some ex-spouses will do an every-other-year schedule. For example, the kids will spend "odd-numbered" Christmas years with Parent A and "even-numbered" Christmas years with Parent B. Others designate a specific holiday permanently to each parent. Still others may split the days in half so that the children wake up with Parent A and stay with this parent until 3 p.m., and then spend the afternoon and evening hours with Parent B.

Perhaps you have another solution for sharing holiday time that works for your family. Or, you may benefit from brainstorming parenting schedule solutions with a qualified Florida family law attorney. Your attorney can educate you about your legal rights and options in addition to assisting you with new perspectives.

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