As most parents of divorce are aware, the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines provide a schedule for holiday parenting time that covers many major U.S. holidays. What same people may not realize is that among the holidays included in the guidelines is Easter. Easter falls on April 21st this year, and this year (and all odd years) the holiday parenting time is exercised by the non-custodial parent. That means that if you are the non-custodial parent and your court order provides for you to have “holidays pursuant to the guidelines” (or has other similar language), you are entitled to exercise parenting time from Friday, April 19th, at 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 21st.
If your court order was entered after March of 2013, then the holiday parenting time does not impact the rotation of regular weekend parenting time. In other words, if the Easter holiday weekend would not normally be your weekend with the children but the weekend before and after are your normal weekends, then you will have three weekends in a row of parenting time. If the Easter holiday weekend also aligns with your normal weekend rotation, the holiday parenting time will really only likely impact drop-off time (as typical weekend parenting time ends at 6 p.m. on Sundays).
If your court order was entered before March of 2013, the holiday parenting time does impact the rotation of regular parenting time IF the exercising of the holiday results in a parent having three weekends in a row. For example, if the non-custodial parent’s regular weekend is April 12-14 and then he/she has parenting time for Easter on April 19-21, the custodial parent would then get the weekend of April 26-28 and the weekend of May 3-5 would be the non-custodial’s and the parties would keep rotating as such until holiday or extended summer parenting time begins.
Other upcoming holiday parenting to be aware of (and which we will post more about when we get closer), especially while scheduling summer parenting time:
- Memorial Day, May 24 at 6 p.m. until May 27 at 7 p.m. (custodial parents in 2019)
- July 4th, July 3 at 6 p.m. – July 5 at 10 a.m. (non-custodial parent in 2019)
- Labor Day, August 31 at 6 p.m. until September 2nd at 7 p.m. (custodial parent in 2019)
If you have any questions about holiday parenting time or need to understand what your rights are under the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, the experienced family law attorneys at Cairns Law are available for a free thirty-minute phone consultation. Call 317-953-2182 to schedule your consultation; we are typically able to have the consult at the same time you call or within 1 business day if someone is not available.