As a new year commences in Alabama, you likely look back on on the previous year to determine which areas of your life may need improvement going forward. The end of the year in particular may highlight a particular need to make modifications to your custody schedule. The holiday season presents plenty of opportunities for contention between you and your ex-spouse as you each try to spend as much time as possible with your kids.
This reveals the need to have a set schedule between you and your ex-spouse dealing specifically with holiday and special event visitation. Having such a schedule in place helps resolve any arguments as you (as well as court officials) can default back to it whenever questions over who should have time with the kids arises.
Coming up with your own holiday schedule
Per the Children’s Rights Council, the court having jurisdiction over your case can impose a custody and/or visitation schedule at its own discretion. Alabama does not have a statutory standard regarding holiday custody. This seemingly places you at the mercy of the court when determining how much you will see can see your kids on special occasions. However, you can take control of this process by working with your ex-spouse to come up with your own holiday custody schedule.
Determining an equitable holiday custody split
The chances of the court approving your custody schedule depends largely on how equitable it is regarding your and your ex-spouse’s time with the kids. A common sample schedule many follow is an even-odd year rotation (you have custody of the kids on a certain number of holidays on even-numbered years, and custody on the other holidays on odd-numbered years). Your schedule should also allow for equal access to the kids on birthdays and during the summer to (to allow for an extended vacation).