Arizona Parenting Time Plans: How Do We Handle Holidays?
By Zachary Mushkatel on May 12, 2016
When you’re creating a parenting time plan after a divorce, one factor you’ll need to consider is where the children will spend holidays, vacations, and school breaks. These events generally take priority over the regular parenting time schedule, and scheduling them to the benefit of everyone involved takes care and planning.
Putting Your Child’s Needs First
A good first question to ask when setting up parenting time plans for holidays and vacations is “how would my child like to celebrate this time?” Children typically look forward to holidays and vacations, and many kids especially enjoy having the time to spend with each parent and with members of each parent’s extended family, like aunts, uncles, and cousins. Parents may need to work with extended family members to schedule visits when the child can see the family as well.
Next, once you’ve decided where a child will spend a particular holiday, consider the “other” parent. The child may need to contact the other parent to wish him or her a happy holiday, share excitement over holiday activities, or simply because the child feels anxious or homesick. Be prepared to accommodate the child’s needs to include both parents in his or her holiday. Even a phone call can go a long way.
A Phoenix Family Law Attorney Can Help
If you need help setting up a parenting time plan or dealing with other divorce or custody issues, please don’t hesitate to call the dedicated Phoenix family law attorneys at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. Attorney Heather Baker-Mushkatel is experienced in many aspects of family law including divorce and custody issues. She can help you create a system that works for you and your children. For a confidential consultation, call us today at (623) 889-0681.
Zachary Mushkatel is an Arizona native who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004. After serving as a public defender, he entered into private practice and, ultimately, joined forces with Mathis Becker to form the law firm known today as Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. In addition to criminal law, Mushkatel practices civil litigation, with a focus on estate litigation and personal injury cases. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Sun Valley Lodge, and he is an executive officer and member of the Board of Directors for the West Maricopa County Bar Association.