July 4th, Independence Day, and a day that is typically celebrated with fireworks in the evening and parades in the morning. Yet, when it comes to how divorced parents will celebrate the holiday with their children, most child custody attorneys do not set up the correct custodial schedule.
I have read hundreds of other attorney’s divorce agreements. Virtually every one of them will states something like this:
On even years with the Mother from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., on odd years with the Father from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This makes no sense. If the parents were to try to follow this schedule they would have to switch the children at 8 p.m., close to the time that a typical fireworks show will go on.
Instead, it makes more sense and will benefit the children if the child custody agreement states something more like this:
On even years: The Mother will have the children from July 3rd at 12 noon until July 5th at 12 noon; On odd years: The Father will have the children from July 3rd at 12 noon until July 5th at 12 noon
That schedule will allow the children to enjoy all of July 4th with one parent with the added benefit of not having to wake up so early on July 5th.
Even if you do not like fireworks, your children may or you may be invited to a July 4th party. It is better to have the flexibility of having the entire July 4th day, instead of breaking up the day, and forcing you to rush back to switch the children to the other parent.
If you want more common sense solutions to child custody issues, David Badanes, Esq. at Badanes Law Office can help you. David Badanes has represented countless clients in their divorce cases.
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