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Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines - Holidays?

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Please help if you have a comment here. For some holidays, it is clear which ones each parent gets and when. For “Special Days” (Mothers Day, Fathers Day, child’s birthdays, Parent’s birthday), it is explicit. For Christmas vacation, it explains the split between each parent. BUT….for “holidays” it ONLY states when the non-custodial parent gets the kids. It says in even-numbered years, that parent gets New Years, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving. In odd-numbered years, the non-custodial parent gets Spring Break, Easter, July 4th and Halloween.

It does not state that the custodial parent gets all of those in the opposite years.

So we come to Spring Break this year. Does the custodial parent get to take the children for the entire Spring Break even if on the non-custodial parent’s weekend and week days? No where in the Guidelines does it say this. Maybe it should be “obvious” that the other parent gets the holidays on the other years, but it does not state this.

4 comments to “Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines - Holidays?”

  1. It IS obvious!!!! Your court order is really just a guideline to fall back on when you two can’t agree or aren’t getting along. One would hope you two could work this out amongst yourselves without always having to rely on that document.

  2. There will be times in one’s life when one must actually make a decision, and not have the legal system spelling it all out with their crayons.

  3. It IS obvious!!!!

  4. Spring Break is a scheduled holiday pursuant to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. The holiday begins on Friday at 6:00 p.m. (typically the last day of school) through Sunday of the following weekend at 7:00 p.m. The guidelines state that holidays will take precedence over regularly scheduled and extended parenting time. In essence, the non-custodial parent will not have parenting time from 3/21 at 6:00 p.m. through 3/30 at 7:00 p.m.. You may wish to then make up to missed weekend but the guidelines state that if one parent has consecutive weekends then the alternate parent will resume visitation the following weekend.

    As for the guidelines not stating specifically the dates the custodial parent gets, the Court systems assume that parents can figure this out on their own. If it doesn’t specifically state that the non-custodial parent has visitation then the custodial parent will obviously have the child(ren).

    If you need any more information, just ask.

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