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3 tips for a long-distance parenting plan

Not all separated parents live close to one another. A sick parent, a job or some other important reason could result in the parents living on opposite sides of the country. This means that the children will usually live full-time with one parent while enjoying extended time with the other parent during holidays, like spring break, summer break, winter break and certain three-day weekends throughout the year.

When you're trying to determine the best long-distance parenting time arrangements for you and your family, here are a few holidays you'll want to consider. Through the strategic use of holiday time, you can ensure that your children maintain a strong connection with the parent who lives far away:

  • Three-day weekends: At the beginning of each school year, parents will receive a calendar that shows the three-day weekends the child will receive. It's valuable to look at this calendar, or contact the school for a list of three-day weekends beforehand because every school district may a have a different schedule in this regard. This vacation time can be used to spend valuable time with the long-distance parent.
  • Spring break and fall break: Most children receive approximately a week of time off during the spring and fall. Plan ahead so your child can spend part or all of this time with the long-distance mother or father.
  • Christmas and winter break: Parents usually find a way of sharing this time or alternating with one another each year.
  • Thanksgiving holiday: Again, you may want to alternate this time from year to year.

By understanding your rights as a parent in New York, you can create a suitable and lawful parenting plan that honors the needs of you, your ex and your children.

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