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How Does Summer and Holiday Visitation Work?

One of the hardest things about divorce is being separated from your children for prolonged periods of time. Because the law in Nevada presumes that it is in children’s best interests to have ample visitation and access with both parents, this means that both parents are going to have to spend time away from their children.

However, courts also presume that children need stability and normalcy to the greatest extent possible, such as sleeping in the same bed, going to the same school, and engaging in the same activities as before the parents separated. Therefore, the court may enter an order for one parent to be the custodial parent of a child—with whom the child primarily lives. Meanwhile, the other is the non-custodial parent who is allowed visitation as set forth in their agreement or court order.

Summer and Holiday Visitation

Holidays are a great time for parents and for relatives—making them a lightning rod for potential conflict between parents. Outside of a standard visitation schedule providing for weekly visitation, effective custody agreements or orders should contain specific provisions providing for holiday and summer visitation between parents and children.

Regarding summer visitation, there are numerous factors to consider. If parents live far away from one another, then there is a likelihood that the child has not spent a whole lot of time with the non-custodial parent during the school year. The cost of travel is also a factor in minimizing the number of trips a child must make. In such a scenario, it is not uncommon for the non-custodial parent to have an extensive summer visitation period. In contrast, if the parents live in a reasonable geographic vicinity of one another, then the non-custodial parent may receive more frequent visitation during the summer, but is unlikely to get extensive visitation.

Holidays are generally treated in a fair and common sense manner. For example, parent-specific holidays like Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are usually addressed to allow the child to spend the day with each respective parent. For other holidays, it is common for parents to trade off holidays. For example, one parent would get Thanksgiving while the other would get Christmas, then trade off the following year.

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Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P. is a full service law firm that provides custom tailored representation regarding family law issues. If you need assistance with a custody agreement or want to pursue a modification of an existing custody order, we can help. Our attorneys are smart, dedicated, and effective. Call Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today at (775) 227-2280 to schedule an appointment or contact our office through our website.

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