Mastering Holiday Journeys When Divorced or Co-Parenting: Keeping the Joy in the Holidays



It’s the day after Halloween; the holiday decorations are going up, and holiday visits are being planned.

Or negotiated.

Or fought over.

Too often, holiday travel comes with its own unique set of challenges. These challenges are magnified for separated or divorced parents, with both families aiming to create treasured memories with their children. At Hoffman Larin & Agnetti, we believe that a well-crafted parenting time-sharing plan can substantially reduce such stresses.

Crafting Your Parenting Plan Prior to Embarking on Your Festive Journeys

A robust parenting plan should address time-sharing during holidays and vacations. We understand that each family has its own unique dynamics, and it’s imperative to craft a plan that respects these intricacies. Pre-planning for the holidays ensures clarity, thereby minimizing potential stress. This planning is equally vital for school and summer breaks.

Here are some key components to consider for your travel plans:

In-state Travel Protocols: Specify the days during holidays or school breaks when each parent can travel with the child within Florida, detailing the destinations and durations.

Interstate Travel Guidelines: Establish which days each parent can travel with the child outside of Florida. Determine destinations, durations, and the division of major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Consider alternating plans each year for fairness.

International Travel Agreements: Usually, you’ll require a court order or written consent form to travel internationally with your child. It’s prudent to list potential dates for such trips in advance, helping streamline the court approval process by indicating prior parental consensus.

Travel Itineraries: The traveling parent should furnish a comprehensive itinerary, highlighting travel dates, accommodations, and flights. Ensure that the other parent can maintain contact with the child during this period.

Be Prepared:

Anyone traveling with a child who is not the primary parent(s) should carry the following documents:

  1. Minor Travel Consent Form
  2. Medical Consent Form for a Minor 
    1. Note that these forms are examples.
  3. A written list of allergies, medications, and any relevant medical conditions
  4. Contact information for the child’s pediatrician and any other medical providers

Mastering Holiday Time-Sharing with Strategic Planning:

Navigating festive seasons, birthdays, and vacations becomes increasingly intricate post-separation or divorce. However, with proactive planning, you can ensure a smoother experience for all family members, especially the children.

Expert planning commences with engaging a seasoned attorney. At Hoffman Larin & Agnetti, we specialize in devising tailored plans that resonate with your family’s unique dynamics.

A testimonial from one of our esteemed clients, Christopher Z, encapsulates our commitment:

“Navigating through my challenging divorce, I often felt adrift. However, the unwavering support and professionalism of John Agnetti and the Hoffman Larin & Agnetti team became my beacon. Words cannot articulate my gratitude for Mr. Agnetti’s stellar representation. With their impeccable reputation in South Florida, if you seek top-notch legal representation, look no further than Hoffman Larin & Agnetti.”

For a complimentary consultation, reach out to us at 305-653-5555 or drop us an email at [email protected]. Your family’s well-being is our paramount concern.