Divorce

Divorce and Visitation during Spring, Fall and Summer break can often be a difficult subject if not written exactly how they are to occur after a Divorce.

A Simple thought:

In the best case scenario, divorcing parents will be able to come up with their own parenting plan. But all hope of that peaceful resolution can slip away if the other parent intends to battle it out and refuses to meet you with cooperation in mind. One of the more challenging aspects of a parenting plan has to do with holiday visitation.

The time that each parent gets to spend with their child is, of course, important to how the divorce moves forward. The difficulties in assigning a holiday schedule can lead to even an amicable divorce to become more complicated. The holidays are often a joyous time for most families, but going through a divorce can make this much more difficult when children are involved. Your Florida parenting plan lays out rules for holidays visitation.

A creative solution to visitation during these times.

There are three primary choices that you have to address holiday visitation. These include:

  •      No special holiday visitation schedule, which means that the regular time-sharing schedule will still apply over the holiday season.
  •      Holiday visitation outlined in a specific schedule with clear start and end times, and time-sharing assigned to either the mother or the father.
  •      A flexible holiday visitation schedule in which the parents have no particular schedule set in stone but they intend to share the holiday time and agree when the time comes.

When it comes to winter break, parents often split up the winter break into two parts, such as a first and second half so that each parent gets to spend some time with the children. For other holidays that fall outside of winter break, the parents can work together to agree on how that time will be split up.

Spring Break and Parenting Plan

A visitation plan typically gives parties numerous options for spring break, fall break, summer break and Christmas break which can include:

  •     The parents alternating spring break on even and odd years and even years for fall break.
  •     One parent has the child for a spring break every single year the other for fall break.
  •     The regular time-sharing schedule applies if the parties can agree upon this possible solution
  •     Spring break divided into a first and second half and Fall break can follow the exact same way.
  •     The parents can mutually agree to what would work best before the visitation periods and simply work out a simple plan.    

Do You Need To Put Exact Times for Visitation in your Divorce Agreement or Settlement Agreement?

The Simple answer is YES.

If neither party can agree or negotiations fall apart at the last moment as to how visitation shall occur, then there is the agreement that is in the Final Decree itself and this can be the last resort solution if nothing can be worked out. If you cannot seem to work with your child’s mother or father, you may need the help of Ted Williams, Jr’s LLC who can help with you with your Child(s) visitation planning. Contact our office today before visitation is to begin for further assistance.


Benjamin Franklin supposedly once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Sir Winston Churchill is credited with another, oft repeated, saying: “Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.” And along that same vein, there’s the phrase we hear often in the workplace, “learn from your mistakes.”

– Ben Franklin and Sir Winston Churchill
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