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Shared Family Parenting: Holidays

           Holiday schedules generally take precedence over regularly scheduled parenting time.

             The major holidays should be defined by both parents and alternated or shared with consideration to prior family traditions and religious beliefs, especially in the first year of separation. Whenever possible, children should continue celebrating particular holidays with extended family where this has been the prior custom. The location of both parents and their respective families should be considered in determining how holidays should be shared.

                       Many parents provide for the civil holidays that are celebrated on Mondays by having the child remain with whichever parent has the child for that weekend. This generally works out equitably except in cases where the child is scheduled to be with the same parent every Monday.

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