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You Can’t Split the Baby, But You Can Split the Holidays
Divorcing or divorced couples with children often have the dilemma of how to handle the issue of two parents, kids and the holidays. The court does not care about the needs of the parents. Rather, the focus is on the children and what is in the children's best interests.
There is only one Christmas morning and one Christmas Eve. So, some time-sharing schedules split the holiday time as follow:
In the year whereby a parent has the children on Christmas morning/day, it is the other parent who would have the children on Christmas Eve. This would alternate every other year.
Another methodology that courts use: the first half of Christmas vacation goes to the mother. The second half to the father. The following year, the mother will have the second half and the father the first half - alternating thereafter year after year. This takes into account NewYear's Eve as well, until the children return to school.
Thanksgiving holiday is usually alternating with say the mother having even years, and the father having odd years.
The bottom line is that divorcing or divorced parents can come up with their own holiday time-sharing arrangement by agreement of the parties or, if that is not possible, the court will decide based upon the best interests of the children, not the parents.
All Florida divorcing spouses who have children must complete a Parent Education and Family Stabilization class before a divorce will be granted by the court. This parenting class is mandatory because it helps to minimize the emotional trauma of the divorce on the children. Each parent must independently complete the course before the divorce enters the court. They must provide the court with a certificate of completion to prove the obligation has been met.
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