Reasonable Rights of Parenting Time Policy


Holiday and Parenting Time Policy

[REVISED October 20, 2013]





The Court Order will normally define the hours and conditions for parenting time.  In some cases, the Court Order will provide for “Reasonable Parenting Time.”  The term reasonable means whatever the parties can agree upon, which is in the best interest of the children.  The Court strongly encourages the parents to communicate to develop their own arrangements, which will take into consideration the unique circumstances of their family and can be changed from time to time.  As the children grow and parents’ circumstances change, there will need to be flexibility in the parenting time schedule. At times parents may be unable to agree on a reasonable parenting time schedule.  When this occurs, the Court,  through the Friend of the Court office, will become involved.  The following guidelines shall serve as an order for the parties to follow for parenting time. If your order sets forth a specified parenting time schedule, that order will determine your parenting time schedule.  




1. Alternate weekends, Saturday 9:00 a.m. until Sunday 6:00 p.m.

2. Two weekday evenings each week for two hours with a return time no later than 8:00 p.m.

3. Alternate Holidays (Children under two shall have holiday parenting time for the day and one overnight of the specific holiday from 9:00 a.m. the day of the holiday to the following day at 6:00 p.m., except the Christmas holiday when parenting time shall be from 9:00 a.m. Christmas Eve Day to 9:00 a.m. Christmas Day. During the Spring Holiday, the child shall have the normal alternating weekend parenting time.




1.  Alternate weekends from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

2. One weekday evening each week for two hours, with a return time no later than 8:00 p.m.  Both Parties may agree on more than one day per week if desired.

3. Alternate Holidays (see holiday section)

4.  Extended summer parenting time:  Four non-consecutive weeks during the summer to be exercised as follows: the third week in June, the first and third weeks of July, and the second week of August with the exchange of the children to occur on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. until the following Sunday at 6:00 p.m.   During summer parenting time the non-custodial parent shall not exercise their every other weekend or mid-week visits with the child(ren).  However, if the non-custodial parent has less than 4 weeks of summer parenting time, they shall continue to exercise their alternate weekends of parenting time.




The following schedule applies to all children age two and older.  This schedule follows the school district the child lives in regardless of whether or not the child is old enough to attend school.  The Holiday Schedule takes precedence over any other regular parenting time schedule and will at times force both parties to modify their regularly scheduled parenting time.  If a Holiday falls on a weekend, the holiday should be spent with the parent who is supposed to have the child for that holiday.


Below is a chart that gives times that are to be followed for the Holidays, which are to be alternated each year:



1.   Easter:  Consists of the entire weekend from Friday 6:00 p.m. until Sunday 6:00 p.m.

2.   July Fourth:  shall be exercised from 9:00 a.m. on the Fourth until 6:00 p.m. the following day.

3.   Halloween (age appropriate):  If Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday, parenting time shall be exercised as an overnight from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 a.m. the following morning.  If it falls on a Sunday through Thursday, parenting time shall be exercised from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

4.  Thanksgiving:  shall be exercised from the day school recesses at 6:00 p.m. until  Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

5.  Christmas Vacation:  This holiday begins at 6:00 p.m. the day school recesses for the holiday break until Christmas Day at 10:00 a.m.  The other parent then has parenting time from Christmas Day at 10:00 a.m. until the day before school resumes at 6:00 p.m. including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

6.  Memorial Day:  Shall be exercised for the entire weekend from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Monday.

7.  Labor Day:  Shall be exercised for the entire weekend from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Monday.

8.  Spring Break:  Shall be exercised from 6:00 p.m. the day school recesses for the break until 6:00 p.m. the day before school resumes.   


 Please review the chart below.  This chart is designed to assist both parties keep track of who has the child for the Holidays:


  Odd # Years Even # Years
**Children’s Birthdays  Mom Dad
Easter/Spring Break Dad Mom
Memorial Day Weekend Mom Dad
July Fourth Dad Mom
Labor Day Mom Dad
Halloween (age appropriate) Dad Mom
Thanksgiving Mom Dad
Christmas Eve-1st part of break  Dad Mom
Christmas Day-2nd part of break Mom Dad




1.      Mother’s Day:  Each year the Mother shall have Mother’s Day from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

2.      Father’s Day:  Each year the Father shall have Father’s Day from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

3.      Children’s Birthday:  If the Birthday falls during the school week this will be exercised from the time the child is out of school until 8:00 p.m. and if the Birthday falls on a weekend it will be exercised from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. 




1.  Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, both parties shall share equally 50/50 in transportation for parenting time.  The non-custodial parent shall be responsible for picking up the minor children for parenting time and the custodial parent shall be responsible for picking up the minor children at the end of the parenting time.

2.  Exceptions may be made to the above if the custodial parent moves, and as a result, the parties are separated by a significant distance (100 miles or more).

3.  If necessary, due to work schedule conflicts, the visiting parent may select another properly licensed adult known to the children to provide transportation.  Advanced notice must be provided to the other parent.  Use caution selecting new spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc., as this may cause unnecessary problems.




1.  Parenting time must be exercised in a prompt manner.   In the event of an emergency, a thirty (30) minute delay is allowed for picking up and returning the children.  This should happen rarely.

2.  If there are any problems with regards to parenting time the party experiencing the problems must submit a complaint in writing to the Friend of the Court office within 7 days of the alleged violation.

3.  Each parent must provide a phone contact of where the children can be reached during parenting time.

4.  Parents are encouraged to make arrangements to exchange parenting time to allow the children to attend special events and activities with other extended family members.


All of the above are guidelines.  At times they may have to be altered or limited due to special conditions of the children or the parents.


If you consider what is enjoyable to the children rather than convenient or fair to you, your decision will probably be made in keeping with the children’s best interests. 


 ** Regarding Children's Birthdays: If the child's birthday falls on a scheduled school day, parenting time shall be from after school until 8:00p.m. If the child's birthday falls on a non-school day, parenting time shall be from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. If the child's birthday takes place on the same date as a recognized holiday, the holiday parenting time will take precedence over the birthday parenting time. if there is more than one child in this case, all of the children shall be included in each of the children's birthday parenting time.   

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