Divorced parents can create their own custody and holiday visitation schedule, but if a schedule cannot be agreed upon, you can work with an attorney to have them create one. Many local courts have an official standard schedule, but if they do not, this gives parents a bit more flexibility in determining the right fit for their children.

The purpose of a child visitation holiday schedule is to establish a routine and consistent understanding on which holidays the child will spend with each parent. When a schedule is ordered by the court, it becomes part of a court order that both parents will be legally obligated to follow.

These holidays may include the following:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter
  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • The child’s birthday
  • The parents’ birthdays

The standard holiday visitation involves parents taking turns having the child on various holidays. The easiest way to keep track is to divide the holidays and one parent have half the holidays on even years and the other half on odd years. The largest holidays tend to be divided so visitation is more evenly distributed (i.e. one parents having Thanksgiving and the other having Christmas). Though, in civil cases and as long as a court order is not being breached, a schedule can be determined by the parents.