How to Time Share the Children During the Holidays

December 18, 2019  |  ,
By: Chad Layton, Esq.

This time of year questions about holiday time-sharing and vacation plans with the children are very common.  The first place to look to answer this question is the parenting plan that was negotiated and executed as part of the divorce process.

Florida divorce law requires that a written parenting plan be executed by both parents or established by the court prior to the entry of a final judgment of divorce if the parties have children under the age of 18.

However, not all parenting plans are created equal.  The state requirements for a parenting plan assure that a standard time-sharing arrangement is established.  An example of this form parenting plan may provide for the child(ren) to live with one parent and enjoying every other weekend with the other parent.

A custom parenting plan will go much farther to consider and address the actual work schedules of each parent, the extracurricular activities enjoyed by the children and parental responsibilities for these activities, the school calendar of the child(ren), holidays and specific times for vacation with each parent.

Additionally, a custom parenting plan should include easy to read time-sharing schedules in calendar format that avoid confusion and conflict for the parents long after the divorce is finalized.

Working with each client to achieve a low conflict divorce allows our firm to provide a fixed fee divorce option.  Our fixed fees are published on our website at:  under fixed pricing.

If you or a friend has questions about divorce, call us to schedule an initial divorce consultation.

About the Author

Chadwick Layton, Esq. Collaborative Divorce AttorneyChadwick M. Layton is a marital law and divorce attorney at Mindful Divorce, P.A. in Palm Beach County, FL.  Mr. Layton is also a member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section, the Susan B. Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court of the Palm Beaches and the Palm Beach Flagler Rotary Club.

Mindful Divorce P.A.
205 Worth Ave. Suite 303
Palm Beach, FL 33480
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