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Parenting Plan: Viva la spring break! (part 1 of 3)

| Mar 1, 2014 | Parenting Plans |

I’m afraid this post isn’t jam-packed with exciting or exotic Spring Break travel destinations. This post is on a more tame subject matter…about creating a spring break schedule in your parenting plan

Separating parties that have children together need a parenting plan to designate each parent’s time with the children. A parenting plan creates a residential or visitation schedule that the children have with each parent and includes sections for school breaks or vacations (winter, spring, summer), holidays and special occasions (birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day). This post (and the next) gives you some ideas on what the spring break schedule can look like in your parenting plan.

The parents typically alternate the school breaks or vacations. For example, alternating the spring break on an even/odd basis. In this scenario, one parent has the children for the entire spring break in even years, and the children will reside with the other parent for spring break in odd years. This gives each parent a considerable chunk of time with the children during the school year enabling them to take the children on vacation.

Below is sample language of parents alternating the spring vacation on an even/odd basis.

The parties shall alternate the Spring Break/Vacation as follows:

During odd-numbered years, father shall have the children starting the moment when school releases for the spring break or at 6:00 p.m., if the father is working, until 6:00 p.m. the day before school resumes.

During even-numbered years, mother shall have the children starting the moment when school releases for the spring break or at 6:00 p.m., if the mother is working, until 6:00 p.m. the day before school resumes.

The spring break/vacation is defined by the public school district where the children primarily reside.

This is part one of three on creating a spring break schedule. Part two discusses the idea of dividing the spring beak evenly between the parties. AKIONA LAW, PLLC makes the information and materials on this blog available for general informational purposes only. The information provided is not intended to be legal advice. See DISCLAIMER.