Sherman Oaks, CA asked in Child Custody for California

Q: If my ex drops kids off to school and I pick them up after school. During break what time should I get kids 8am or 3pm?

My ex has kids Tuesday night and he drops them off at school Wednesday morning and I pick them up at 3pm. During thanksgiving break what time should he drop kids off to me 8am or 3pm. In courts paperwork it stats during school breaks parents day overrides breaks. Does that mean it’s my responsibility from 8am to get them or 3pm. I have them Wednesday after school until Saturday.

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Joseph Franklin Klatt
Joseph Franklin Klatt
  • La Jolla, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It really depends on the specifics of your custody agreement. The devil is in the details. I would generally assume, absent some language to the contrary, that when the parent would drop off the kids at school is when they should drop the kids off at the ex's place on a holiday. If you are remotely cordial with your ex, you should call and work out a time. If that is different than what the Court came up with, that is fine as long as everyone is onboard with it. The Court's orders are a safety net, not a cage.

No one wants to get up early on a holiday, and,when it comes down to it, you both should be more concerned with making the holidays seamless and happy for the kids. They don't care about court orders. They probably would love to see their parents, watch a Pixar movie, and enjoy some holiday eats.

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