Family Law

Ways of Making Holiday Time Equal in Parenting Agreements

Creating a parenting agreement is often difficult. It is seen as a step in a difficult process after a failed relationship. However, doing what is best for the children involved is a step that parents should be proud of. Each parent deserves equal time during the children’s time off of school, and this needs to be reflected in parenting agreements. Here are some tips that can make creating a balance a little easier.

Look at Current Holiday Time Patterns

The best place to start is to look at the patterns children are already used to at holiday time. Does one family typically host a Thanksgiving or New Years soiree? If so, then trying to keep these normal traditions is important. The other parent can make up some time over winter or spring break, if one parent needs an extra day or two to keep a tradition alive.

When both families flip back and forth, then keep this routine for the kids. One parent gets most of winter break and very little of spring break one year, flipping the next. This lets the kids plan ahead for equal amounts of time with each parent in the future. The stability of the balance this type of agreement offers is beneficial to everyone.

Create New Traditions If Old Ones Did Not Exist

Another option to bring balance to parenting agreements is to create a new holiday tradition. For example, for a family that celebrates Christmas, maybe one parent makes Christmas Eve their big event. That way, they always can have that day in the future. The other parent can then have the kids over Christmas morning. This type of agreement allows for two full traditions to take place, and everyone gets to participate.

We Can Help You Find a Balance

No one is going to be able to find a perfect balance. However, there are things that can be done to get close. If you want help creating a healthy balance for your family, contact us here at Gandhi Salim Law.  We will gladly work with you to ensure your parenting agreement puts the children first.

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