Thanksgiving & Winter Holiday Parenting Time for 2010-2011
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Here is what the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines say about the winter holidays:
HOLIDAY PARENTING TIME SCHEDULE
B. Christmas Vacation.
One-half of the period which will begin at 8:00 P.M. on the evening the child is released from school and continues to December 30 at 7:00 P.M. If the parents cannot agree on the division of this period, the custodial parent shall have the first half in even-numbered years. In those years when Christmas does not fall in a parent’s week, that parent shall have the child from Noon to 9:00 P.M. on Christmas Day. The winter vacation period shall apply to pre-school children and shall be determined by the vacation period of the public grade school in the custodial parent’s school district.
In years ending with an even number, the non-custodial parent shall exercise the following parenting time:
 New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. (The date of the new year will determine odd or even year). From December 30th at 7:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M. of the evening before school resumes.
 Thanksgiving. From 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday until 7:00 P.M. on Sunday.
After reviewing the Guidelines, if your child gets out of school on December 17th and goes back on January 4th, one interpretation of the Guidelines for the winter holidays in 2010 is as follows:
Thanksgiving Break - with noncustodial parent in 2010.
Winter School Break - with custodial parent from December 17th at 8 p.m. until December 23rd, then the noncustodial parent would have the child from December 23rd until December 30th at 7 p.m., whereupon the custodial parent would have the child from December 30th at 7 p.m. through January 3rd at 7 p.m. However, the custodial parent would also have the child from noon until 9 p.m. on December 25th(Christmas day).
In sum, the noncustodial parent does not have the child as much over the winter break this year; however, the noncustodial parent gets the Thanksgiving break, Christmas eve as well as Christmas morning.