A little girl staring at a holiday tree. Her mom is standing behind her, wearing a headband with reindeer antlers on it.

Holiday Visitation in New York

Choosing the Plan That Works Best for You

It’s normal for parents to want to spend as much time with their children as possible, especially over meaningful periods of time such as the holidays. New York law allows for a variety of options for parents to choose from when it comes to parenting plans and the holidays. Here are the options available.

Alternating Holidays

Perhaps the most common parenting plan arrangement is for a child to alternate holidays annually between the parents. One year the child will spend a particular holiday with one parent, and the next year the child will spend that holiday with their other parent. To provide a basic example using Thanksgiving and Christmas as major holidays, if the child spends Thanksgiving with one parent and Christmas with the other in an even-numbered year, then during the following year (an odd-numbered year), the parents will switch what holiday they have the child for.

Sharing Time

Another option that allows both parents to spend a bit of time with their child on a holiday is the sharing time option. In this option, parents agree to share a holiday and spend an equal amount of time with their child. For example, one parent may spend the morning and early part of the afternoon with the child, and then the child may go to the other parent’s residence and spend the rest of the afternoon and evening with them.

Another way this could work is if a holiday takes place over a longer period of time (such as those times involving breaks from school), one parent could have the first few days of that break and celebrate a holiday early, and the child could then transition to the other parent’s house and spend the remainder of that break with the other parent.

This option can be especially effective when celebrating a child’s birthday.

Dividing Holidays

An option that can be effective if parents can agree is dividing holidays between them. In this option, parents would have to work together and agree upon a fair division of holidays, and the child would spend time with the parent who has the right to that specific holiday.

For example, if a child’s parents agree to split holidays so that one parent has Christmas and New Year’s Day while the other has Easter and Thanksgiving, then the child would follow that schedule as far as where they spend those days.

Consult with a Queens Family Law Attorney

If the holiday season is creating problems with visitation and your rights to see your child are being denied, know that you have the right to consult with an attorney and work toward a resolution. At Levi Divorce & Family Law Attorneys, we will fight for your rights to be a parent so that you and your child can have a merry season.

To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call us at (718) 215-0121 or visit us online.