The holidays are a special time for children. The holiday season is usually filled with fun events, family gatherings and other special occasions.
You likely want to spend as much time with your children as possible during this time. This can be difficult when you are splitting parenting time with your co-parent.
The holidays can mean parenting time disputes
Many parenting time disputes tend to arise right around the holidays. Although initially you and your co-parent might have agreed that you would each receive time with the children on holidays, new events and schedule changes can change things.
Additionally, as the holidays approach, you could find yourself not wanting to miss out on any time with your children. This is understandable.
What the law says about holiday parenting time
Minnesota law states that you have a right to request a parenting time order that includes a specific schedule, including during holidays and vacations. Although ideally you and your co-parent could manage without having to adhere to a specific schedule, this is not always realistic.
A parenting time order with a specific holiday schedule is the best way to ensure that you receive some time with your children during the holidays. You and your co-parent are always free to do something different than what your order says, but it is still a good idea to have written evidence of any agreement to change the schedule.
How to resolve holiday parenting disputes
Missing out on special moments with your children is never easy. However, you want them to have good holiday memories. Disagreements or disputes with your co-parent over holiday time can have a harmful effect on them.
Issues are bound to come up at some point. Communicate with your co-parent openly about solutions to problems and be flexible. Remember that your focus should be on your children and their experience.
The same holiday schedule does not work for everyone. Talking to a professional can help you decide what holiday schedule is best for your situation.