Managing child custody during the holidays

Family courts case their rulings related to custody on what they believe to be in the best interests of the children involved. Indeed, according to Section 14-10-124 of Colorado’s Revised Statutes, factors that local courts consider when determining a child’s best interests include what their specific desires may be and the relationship they share with each parent.

Other relevant issues may include the difficulty (or ease of) the child adjusting to their new home, school and community, the parents’ physical proximity to each other, and the general physical and mental well-being of all those involved.

Dealing with holiday custody

All of these factors become particularly important when trying to determine how to share custody during holidays and special occasions. Local legislation does not specifically address holiday custody; rather, parents must work out a holiday schedule between themselves. The only requirement for such a schedule is that it stays true to addressing the aforementioned needs of the kids.

Sharing holiday custody on rotating years

The National Association of Legal Professionals offers several suggestions on how divorced parents can share custody during the holidays. While specific details of these suggestions differ, the underlying philosophy for each holiday is for parents to rotate holiday custody on even and odd years (with one parent having custody on a particular holiday on an even year and the other having the kids on odd years). The exception would be Father’s Day and Mother’s Day (with each parent having custody based on their relationship with the kids) and summer break (with each parent allocated time to accommodate a family vacation).