How to Make Holiday Custody Schedules

With Custody X Change, you can create a unique parenting time schedule for any holiday. Find the four steps to creating a holiday schedule below.

For information on how holiday schedules work with your repeating schedules, review the basics of custody calendars and schedules.

Step 1: Browse holiday options

To begin, click the "calendar" tab.

Then, click the "holidays" tab to the left of your calendar (or beneath your calendar, if you're on a phone). You'll see a list of days commonly celebrated in the United States.

To see holidays from another country or a religion, click the image of a gear, then check or uncheck the appropriate boxes.

Step 2: Choose schedules

When you've found the list (or lists) that works for you, click on any holiday for which your family will not follow your repeating custody schedule.

A drop-down menu will show different ways you can allocate parenting time over that holiday:

  • By alternating which parent gets physical custody on the holiday each year (one parent in years that end in an odd number, the other in years that end with an even number)
  • By assigning the holiday to one parent regardless of the year (popular option for Mother's Day and Father's Day)
  • By assigning the holiday to whomever already has physical custody at the start (often selected for Monday school breaks)
  • By assigning the holiday — or, more commonly, part of it — to whomever does not already have custody that day (only works for one-day holidays)

The "whoever has no time" option works well if you want to split a holiday with the other parent every year. For example, you could use it to give your child time with both parents on Halloween.

Select the rule that works best for your family, then define the holiday's dates.

Perhaps your family's Labor Day celebration lasts Saturday evening through Tuesday afternoon. Since the holiday itself falls on Monday, you would set the holiday period to start two days beforehand (Saturday) and end one day after (Tuesday).

Repeat the above process for all other holidays that will deviate from your regular schedule.

Step 3: Add unlisted holidays

To add a holiday that is not listed and repeats annually, click the "new holiday" button at the end of the list of days, and follow the prompts.

To add a special occasion that won't repeat, use a one-time change.

Step 4: Set paramaters for vacations

Notice the section at the bottom of the holidays tab called "unspecified vacations." Here, you click on a parent to set parameters for how long and how often he or she can take the child on vacation. You can also specify how far in advance the other parent must be notified and whether vacations may take place during the school year.

Since these vacations are unspecified — meaning they don't have exact dates yet — they will not appear on your calendar. For now, the terms will appear only in your parenting plan. When either parent is ready to schedule a vacation, do so by creating a one-time change.

What's next

Once your calendar has holiday schedules, you're ready to focus on one-time changes. Use these any time parents agree to deviate from the parenting schedule.

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