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The holidays can be a special time of year to spend with family and friends. It can also be a stressful time with so much to do. Dealing with holiday parenting schedules can cause additional stress and unwanted conflict between separated and divorced parents. Including a specific holiday schedule in your parenting plan can help both parents plan for the upcoming year, make special arrangements when necessary, and encourage cooperation when possible. 

A holiday schedule should take precedence over regular weekend/weekday scheduled parenting time. The Court will seek to divide the holidays between the parties. Before considering how the holidays will be divided, a list of the specific holidays to be included in the holiday parenting schedule should be created. Some of the holidays that have been included in parenting plans include: (Read more)