There are a lot of emotions that come with parenting a child during the holidays. There is always something going on within the family, especially when you no longer live with your child after a divorce.
If you would like to see your child during the holidays, it is important that you have an agreement in place with your ex-spouse. If you cannot reach an agreement, you may have to bring family law into the picture.
How the Texas Family Code works for the holidays depends on whether the year is even-numbered or odd-numbered. In odd-numbered years, your visit can begin at noon on December 28th, and it is set to end at 6:00 PM before your child goes back to school. Even-numbered years work in reverse: At 6:00 PM on whatever day that your child’s winter vacation starts, your visitation time begins. The timeframe should stretch until December 28th at noon.
Even if you are legally allowed to see your kids at a given time, you should be conscientious when you plan your visit. Your ex-spouse and child should know when you are coming so they do not make arrangements that conflict with your visit. There should also be an understanding of whether you will visit your ex-spouse’s home for a while or take the child to your home. Proper communication should smoothen the process.
You should not let divorce ruin your holiday season. Understanding the law and keeping a healthy relationship with your children can make this time of year easier.