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Parenting time and holidays

On Behalf of | May 31, 2022 | Child Custody

Whether you have already completed the divorce process and have concerns about spending time with your children or you want to learn more about how a future divorce could affect your relationship with your kids, it is pivotal to go over parenting time. Courts go over many different factors when it comes to parenting time orders, such as the child’s best interests and where each parent lives.

In addition, it is important to look into how a parenting time schedule could affect your ability to spend time with your child on holidays and other important dates.

Christmas, summer break and parenting time

According to the Attorney General of Texas, noncustodial parents can sometimes choose the default option or election option when arranging a parenting time schedule. It is important to understand that these options can differ with respect to the time a parent picks up and drops off their child. Moreover, the distance between parents can impact these arrangements.

Noncustodial parents who live within 50 miles of the child’s other parent can spend Christmas break with their children during years with even numbers and must return the child by 12 PM on the 28th of December. These parents can have extended parenting time for 30 days during summer break. Under the default option, this means picking the child up at 6 PM on the first of July and returning them at 6 PM on the 31st of July.

Parenting time on birthdays, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

On a child’s birthday, the noncustodial parent can spend two hours with the child (between 6 PM and 8 PM). If a parent does not have possession, mothers can spend Mother’s Day with their children, and fathers can spend Father’s Day with their children. It is important to understand the unique aspects of your circumstances and parenting time schedule and safeguard your rights as well as your relationship with your child.