Holiday-Related Parenting Time Issues

By: Henry Gornbein
Last Update: November 23, 2017

Solutions to Common Holiday-Related Parenting Time Dilemmas

As we approach the holiday season, people often are in court arguing over who has the children on which holiday. Rather than bringing out the best, holidays too often bring out the worst in everyone – especially if parents want an excuse to fight over who has the children on which holiday.

I would like to propose some solutions to the holiday-related parenting dilemmas that I have found to work over the years in my family law practice.

Common Holiday Parenting Time Schedules

A typical holiday parenting time schedule will alternate the major holidays so that parents will rotate Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter, Memorial Day, and the 4th of July.

The children will usually spend Mother’s Day with Mom and Father’s Day with Dad.

In many of my high-conflict divorce cases, the more that everything is spelled out, the better off everyone will be.

These are some of my thoughts regarding the holidays and parenting time. What are yours?


Henry S. Gornbein is a partner with the law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan.


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