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It's time to start reviewing your child custody holiday schedule

As November goes by, parents in Redwood City are starting to think about the upcoming Thanksgiving and winter holidays. They will want to make sure these holidays are magical for their child and will provide their child with happy memories that will last a lifetime. However, these goals become more complex to achieve if a child's parents are divorced.

When a child's parents are divorced, they will have a child custody agreement that they either negotiated together or is ordered by the court. While child custody orders address who will have the child in their care on a day-to-day basis, these orders typically also address who will have the child in their care on certain holidays. Parents might alternate the years they spend the holidays with their child. For example, one parent may have the child on Thanksgiving on even-numbered years while the other parent has the child on Thanksgiving on odd-numbered years. Or, parents may make arrangements where they both celebrate the holidays with their child, but at different times. For example, the child might spend Christmas morning with one parent and Christmas afternoon with the other parent.

Thus, it is essential that parents review their holiday child custody schedules sooner rather than later. Depending on the circumstances, the child custody holiday schedule may need to be modified. Also, reviewing the holiday custody schedule ahead of time can help parents avoid potential conflicts they may have with one another. For example, by understanding when they will have their child in their care, exchanging the child can occur much more smoothly.

When a child's parents are divorced, celebrating the holidays becomes more complicated. However, both parents will want to keep the best interests of the child in mind during this time of the year. By working together, parents can ensure that the holidays are special for their child despite the divorce.

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