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School days are upon us and everyone knows that as soon as school starts up all of the holidays begin. From Labor Day, to Christmas, every month throughout the rest of the year includes a holiday that most kids are out of school for and is with one parent or the other. With all of the holidays approaching, it is important to understand and follow your child custody schedules to avoid misunderstandings and disagreements when this time is the most special for your child. If you or a loved one is seeking child custody information, contact an experienced North Carolina child custody attorney to help you determine the best strategies for your case. 

The Holidays and Child Custody 

Child custody schedules can either be determined through a settlement agreement or a child custody order and can come in many different forms. A settlement agreement is a an out of court document that allows parents to determine a custody schedule without involving the courts. However, a child custody order is entered by a judge. In each child custody agreement, the terms usually specify each parent’s time with their child and detailed as to what is to occur on weekends, weeknights, as well as holidays. Generally, to ensure that each parent has equal holiday time, a child custody schedule will alternate holidays every other year so that each parent has the same amount of time for certain holidays depending on the year. 

Though this is the most common, there are also child custody schedules during holidays that allow the holidays to be split in half whereas the child spends time with each parent on each holiday for half a day. Depending on the custody arrangement this can also allow for parents to travel during this time frame or make last minute changes. In the event, a child custody arrangement cannot be adhered to or if circumstances has changed, such as new jobs or school schedules, an amendment to the child custody arrangement is necessary which can occur by both parents agreeing to the change or a modification being requested by a judge. In any event, when choosing a holiday schedule, it is invaluable to look at the big picture and to include factors such as where the parents live, work schedules, and family traditions. 

Need Legal Advice? 

Holidays are supposed to be filled with laughter, love, and family. However, when you have a child custody schedule to adhere to during the holidays, this time can quickly become overwhelming and burdening. However, it does not have to be. Understanding your child custody schedule and following your child custody schedule can result in a smoother holiday season, not only for you but also for your child. Because of this, it is invaluable to seek legal advice and representation if you find yourself in this situation. If you or a loved one is seeking child custody information, contact an experienced North Carolina child custody attorney at The Law Office of Dustin S. McCrary to help you determine the best strategies for your situation. Contact our office today for a consultation. We are here to help you and your family enjoy the holidays. 

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