I know many parents in New Jersey have questions about the holiday parenting time. Below is a common court-approved holiday parenting time schedule that takes priority over agreed upon parenting time. If the parties cannot agree on a holiday schedule, then you should make sure you get this scheduled included in a court order.
The court holiday schedule provides that each parent has holidays with the child that alternate on a yearly basis. For example, one party may have Easter and Christmas Eve in odd number years (i.e. 2014) and in even number years (i.e. 2015) the other party will have Easter and Christmas Eve.
Unless otherwise noted, those holidays will run from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Here is the court’s holiday visitation schedule:
- Christmas Eve, December 24th at 6:00 p.m. to Christmas Day, December 25th at 11:00 a.m.
- Christmas Day, December 25th at 11:00 a.m. to December 26th at 4:00 p.m.
- New Year’s Eve, December 31st at 6:00 p.m. to January 1st at 11:00 a.m.
- New Year’s Day, January 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Martin Luther King Day, if relevant (unless the child is in school)
- Washington’s Birthday, Lincoln’s Birthday, President’s Day (unless the child is in school)
- Good Friday, 10:00 a.m. to Easter Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
- Easter Saturday, 4:00 p.m. to Easter Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
- Memorial Day
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
The following special days shall be adhered to as indicated:
- Father’s birthday to father (from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., if it falls on a school day)
- Mother’s birthday to mother (from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., if it falls on a school day)
- Mother’s Day to mother
- Father’s Day to father
- Child’s birthday – Non-custodial parent to have at least three (3) hours visitation
Other Days of Observance That May Be Considered, if Applicable
- Yom Kippur
- Rosh Hashanah
- Columbus Day