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Would you consider the Patriots in the Super Bowl a holiday?

Child custody determinations involve so much more than determining what percentage of time each parent will have in a shared-custody situation. The details become vitally important: will the children travel back and forth during the year, will they spend summers with one parent, will there be a two-week share schedule or a one?

These are all very important questions that must be answered. Another question that is often one of the most disputed issues in child custody agreements is the holiday schedule. Not only are there a limited number of them, but each day carries with it emotional and sentimental significance. But what do you consider a holiday? What about cheering on the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts? If they made the Super Bowl again, would you want to share it with your kids?

For many parents, the term holiday has a religious connection, but does it have to be an organized religion? Can a sporting event be considered a religious event? For one dad, it was Syracuse sports -- especially the NCAA basketball team. While he does not live in the state where the team plays, his fondest childhood memories involve cheering on the team. For him, if the team was to make the NCAA championships in his lifetime, he wanted to share that moment with his children and made sure to include the possibility in the "holiday split" of his custody case.

When it comes to joint custody, there is no specific arrangement that fits every family's needs. What may work for one set of parents would never work for another. It is the specific attention to the details of a family's life that successful custody arrangements include.

Source: Yahoo! Sports, "Syracuse fan makes unusual custody request in divorce settlement," Jeff Eisenberg, July 27, 2012

If you want to learn more about custody plans that fit your needs, our Massachusetts child custody page provides more information.

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