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Child custody arrangements and the holidays

Two major holidays are quickly approaching, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Major holiday seasons, like these two, can give rise to their own special concerns and considerations in a wide range of different contexts. They can even raise issues in the realm of family law.

For many, one of the most important elements of the holidays are family. Thus, being with one's kids for the holidays can be very important for a divorced parent. Texas law takes this into account and allows child custody arrangements to contain special terms regarding how custody of the children will be divided over the holidays. The Texas Family Code contains guidelines which set up a "standard" schedule for holiday child custody distribution for divorced parents. Our article, "Holidays After Divorce," discusses some of the specifics of this standard schedule.

Many Texas child custody arrangements have this standard schedule in place when it comes to the holidays and there are many families for which this standard schedule works just fine. However, sometimes, a family's unique circumstances make it so a holiday custody split different from the standard schedule would be more appropriate. Thankfully, Texas law does allow families to tailor holiday child custody splits to their specific situation. One mechanism through which a divorced couple can do this is to reach a custody agreement regarding what sort of Holiday custody split they would like to have and submit the agreement for court approval.

As this illustrates, Texas law regarding custody issues often gives divorcing couples mechanisms through which they can choose to forgo the conventional resolution of a given custody issue in favor of an individualized resolution directly tailored towards their specific situation. When it comes to the various different issues custody cases can raise, family law attorneys can help divorcing parents figure out if seeking to deviate from the conventional or standard resolution of the issue would be a good idea given their specific situation.

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