Divorce changes the lives of all individuals involved. This includes children. When parents go through a divorce, matters such as custody and parenting time have to be determined. When a parenting time agreement is created, parents may sometimes choose to designate certain holidays that they get to spend with their children. However, some agreements may not include this. If your parenting time agreement does not discuss holidays and you want to be with your child for an upcoming one, continue reading below and contact a New York family law attorney for assistance.
What are Types of Custody Agreements?
In New York, there are two types of custody agreements that are typically granted: physical custody and legal custody. When a parent has physical custody of their child, they are the individual with whom the child spends the majority of their time with. If a parent has legal custody of their child, they can be involved in making important decisions regarding the child’s upbringing, such as education, medical case, religion, etc.
When the court determines a custody arrangement, they usually want both parents to be in a part of the child’s life. That is why shared custody is often granted. However, all decisions must be made in the best interest of the child. In order to determine what this is, the court will consider the following:
- The relationship both parents have with their child
- If a parent was involved in criminal activity, have a substance abuse problem, or have exposed the child to domestic abuse
- The child’s needs, including both physical and emotional
- The child’s educational needs
- If the child is of sufficient age to state their preference
- The geographical proximity of both parent’s homes
- Whether a parent can support the child’s standard of living
- Whether the parent can provide the child with a stable and safe home
What do I do if a Holiday is Not in my Custody Agreement?
Parents always want to spend time with their children, especially on holidays. However, this can be difficult for families of divorce. If a parent wants to spend a holiday with their child but it is not in their parenting agreement, they can take certain steps to change this. For instance, a good start is to discuss the matter with the other parent. In some situations, they may be willing to swap their parenting time on that holiday for another date. However, in the event that this does not work, the parent can petition the court to receive a post-judgment modification. This allows changes to be made to the document so that a parent can be with their child on the date they desire, such as a holiday. When asking for a modification, the parent is required to prove there is a significant change in circumstances that requires the modification.
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