Things to consider when determining holiday schedules

Families in Ohio are now preparing for the holidays. This could include travel outside of the state to see family or having family from out of state come to their homes. Some people celebrate the holidays on different days with different sides of the family. When couples are married they generally all go to the same locations together, but if they are divorced developing a plan for the holidays can be much more difficult.

While most of the attention during a divorce is spent determining custody and a regular parenting time schedule, it is also important to determine a holiday schedule. They are many different factors that must be looked at when determining the schedule. First is what holidays the family wants to include in the holiday schedule. As mentioned above, not all families celebrate the same holidays. Some common ones are New Years Eve and Day, Passover, Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Once the couple determines which holidays are important to have in the holiday schedule, they must determine how they want to divide them. It could be alternating them each year or splitting the day, with the children spending time with both parents. Couples also could allow one parent to have a certain holiday every year if they always do something special with the children on that holiday.

The holidays can be a hectic and stressful time for many people in Ohio, but it can also be a very fun and joyous time as well. To help ensure that people will continue to find enjoyment in the holidays after a divorce, having a clear holiday schedule can be important.

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