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Father’s Day is a day for children to celebrate the special bond created between a father and son or daughter. While some might consider it a Hallmark holiday, it has become a very important day in crafting your custody and visitation agreements. Even if you are not bound by an agreement or court order having a plan in place to address the day should be thought out based on what is in the best interest of the children. Generally speaking there are several ways to craft the day into your parenting agreements. It may involve changing or swapping weekends with the other parent or even carving out part of the day so that father’s can have a special day together. If your case is still pending a judge may consider this as a factor in determining who is the appropriate custodial parent. The parent able to promote a healthy relationship with the other party becomes a positive quality when making this type of decision.
Even though you may not be together with your ex your kids may need help to celebrate the day with dad. Especially for younger children this may mean helping them make or buy a card or a small gift for their father. While this is probably the last thing you will want to do for your ex, you should consider what message it will send to your children in having a healthy relationship with their father if you don’t. And for the father’s if you forgot this tip for mother’s day it should your first thought next year.