Creating a Visitation Schedule for the Holidays

Creating a Visitation Schedule for the Holidays

Creating a schedule for visitation will take some time at first—but one that may prove to serve you and your children better in the future. A visitation schedule offers structure, which is so important for children who may feel their lives have been disrupted from a divorce. It reduces some of the confusion, as children know when to anticipate when they will see their parent.

A visitation schedule can help everyone feel more comfortable about the custody situation, and possibly reduce any potential conflict or confusion about custody. This is because you are creating a structure that is already agreed upon schedule. Ultimately, it will be up to each parent to decide how they would like to settle the custody arrangement.

Some options might include:

  • When one parent has sole custody, the child will live with that parent and visit with the other
  • In a joint custody situation, the child will divide the time to spend spend with each parent

What to Consider When Creating a Holiday Visitation Schedule

Think about the holidays that should be included in your schedule. This could also include school holidays and other days where your child will be home for the day. The holidays can be stressful for many families. For families who are going through or have already gone through divorce, the feelings of confusion, stress, and resentment can rise to the surface, clouding judgment and make the weeks filled with anguish more so than joy. This is why creating a custody or visitation schedule

Here are some of our suggestions for handling holiday visitation schedules:

  • Keep the doors of communication open
  • Be flexible when making an arrangement
  • Have an open mind about when trying to arrive at a compromise
  • Prioritize what is most important and let others know, so that everyone is on the same page
  • Talk with your children about their wants and needs during the holidays

Once a schedule has been created, it will allow you the chance to find a schedule to stick to. Once the children become more accustomed to the structure that schedules bring. That will help when you go to create a holiday visitation schedule.


As always, you can discuss any custody matters further with Westlake Village child custody attorney, Jeffrey S. Graff. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the firm.


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