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How to make a long-distance parenting plan

Parents are not always lucky enough to live close to one another. When two parents share custody, but they live a long distance apart, they will need to make strategic use of holiday schedules to ensure that the noncustodial parent -- i.e., the parent with whom the children do not live -- gets to continue spending quality time with children.

Here are the holidays that mothers and fathers can share when making a long-distance parenting plan:

Extended weekends

There will be a number of three-day weekends throughout the year in which the child has Monday or Friday off in addition to Saturday and Sunday. These weekends are a great opportunity for the child to spend extra time and bond with the noncustodial parent. In some cases, the parents will agree to give all three-day weekends to the noncustodial parent.

Spring, fall and winter break

Many parents will provide some or all of the spring and fall breaks to the noncustodial parent. They will usually split winter break so that both of the parents can spend part of this important time with the children.

Thanksgiving and Christmas

Some parents will alternate who gets the kids on Christmas and Thanksgiving each year, or they will permanently assign one holiday to Parent A and the other to Parent B.

Summer break

Summer breaks offer noncustodial parents the most time to spend with their children who live a long way away. In many cases, parents will agree to let the children spend six to eight weeks with the noncustodial parent during summer vacations.

Extra holiday time

The parents might also agree to allow the noncustodial parent between two and four weeks of vacation time in which the child may be removed from school.

If you and the other parent of your child live far from each other, our law office can give you advice pertaining to your child custody options.

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