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Our Custody Holiday Schedule Needs to Change

Attorneys who practice family law often get a number of calls this time of year due to the holidays.  Parents who are separated often complain because (1) they do not have a holiday schedule in place; (2) they are unhappy with the current holiday schedule; (3) they want to change the holiday schedule; (4) they have to work at the time they have custody; or (5) the other parent has stated an intent to change the schedule and they do not agree. Generally, if the parties cannot otherwise agree, then they follow the court's Standard Holiday Schedule.  The standard schedule for Kenton County is as follows this post.  If you do have an agreement and you agree with the other parent to modify the schedule, it is best to get that agreement in writing, with email being sufficient. Remember, many people have agreements that do not follow the standard schedule!  If you have an Agreement or any other Court Order, be sure to check YOUR agreement.  If you do not have any order or agreement in place, you should try to work with the other parent to come to an agreement.  If you keep the child this year, it is likely a judge will give the other parent the same amount of time in the future.   Many family court judges have a special Holiday Docket so that parties can have these issues heard before the holidays.  They are generally the second or third week of December and motions must be filed in advance.  Rules vary by county, so check with your attorney or the local clerk. KENTON COUNTY STANDARD HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

HOLIDAYS EVEN # YEARS ODD # YEARS AS AGREED, OR
New Year's Holiday* Mother Father 12/31, 6:00 p.m.-1/1, 7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Day Father Mother Sun., 6:00 p.m.-Mon., 7:00 p.m.
President's Day Mother Father Sun., 6:00 p.m.-Mon., 7:00 p.m.
Easter Father Mother Sat., Noon-Sun., 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Day Mother Father Sun., Noon-Mon., 7:00 p.m.
Fourth of July Father Mother 7/4, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Labor Day Mother Father Sun., 6:00 p.m.-Mon., 7:00 p.m.
Halloween Father Mother 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Mother Father Weds., 6:00 p.m.-Fri., 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Father Mother 12/23, Noon-12/24, 10:00 p.m.
Christmas Day Mother Father 12/24, 10:00 p.m.-12/26, 6:00 p.m.
Mother's Day Mother Mother 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Father's Day Father Father 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
 * New Year's Holiday is governed by the year in which New Year's Day falls. It is not governed by the year in which New Year's Eve falls.

If you have questions or concerns, first refer to your paperwork.  If you need to consult with an attorney in Northern Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at mike@bouldinlawfirm.com. 

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