By Michelle L. Searcy
As we approach the holiday season, people experience increased anxiety. Between coordinating family events, preparing food, and spending money beyond the normal monthly budget, everyone feels the pressure of creating life-long memories for their loved ones. After a divorce, this pressure increases as we hope to reassure our children that holiday celebrations will still be a source of joy. Having a well-crafted holiday parenting time schedule in your parenting plan helps to avoid unnecessary conflict during the holidays.
As with all parenting time, the best interests of the child standard in section 14-10-124, C.R.S. applies to holiday parenting time. Of the factors the Court uses to determine the best interests of the child, two are particularly important to the issue of holiday parenting time. First, the ability to place the needs of the child ahead of your own. Second, the ability to encourage the sharing of love, affection and contact with the other parent. Unfortunately, in over a decade practicing family law, I have witnessed good people become unreasonable when it comes to holidays. Continue reading