It is that time of year once again when separated parents face challenges over arranging holiday parenting time between and among themselves and their child(ren).  When judgments or separation agreements do not provide a detailed schedule in the event that the parents cannot otherwise agree on a holiday parenting schedule, parties must often resort to 11th hour court filings to establish the parenting time parameters absent stipulation.

It is important to remind ourselves that children are the rope in the parental tug o’ war who are stretched and pulled over where and when they will spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other major holidays.

If the holidays have been a constant source of power-playing and difficulty, it may be time to review and perhaps modify separation agreements that do not adequately provide and equitable division of holiday parenting time.