Father’s Day is a special celebration for all dads and their children, but the holiday may take on added significance if you are a divorced dad. Many divorced fathers must work hard to maintain a close relationship with their children. Mothers are still more likely to receive a majority of the parenting time with the children, leaving fathers with only a few days with their kids each week. Father’s Day is an excellent opportunity for children to spend quality time with their divorced dad, and mothers should encourage their children to celebrate the holiday. Both divorced parents have a role in ensuring a happy Father’s Day for their children.
Your normal parenting schedule may conflict with a planned Father’s Day celebration. For instance, the children may normally spend part or all of Sunday with their mother. As long as you both agree, you can be flexible with your parenting schedule to allow the father to have more time with the children. You could agree to adjust your schedule so that the mother receives more parenting time on another day in exchange for time on Father’s Day.
There are situations where it is not feasible or practical for the children to be with their dad on Father’s Day. Long-distance travel is difficult right now because of the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. When faced with obstacles to a traditional Father’s Day celebration, you can come up with creative solutions, such as:
- Having your celebration in the morning if the children need to leave in the afternoon
- Having a virtual celebration by video chat
- Choosing a different date to celebrate Father’s Day
Assisting the Children
Children want to celebrate their dads with presents or special plans, but many of them are too young to do it on their own. The father can help by organizing the celebration or accompanying the children when they pick out a gift. The mother may also need to assist their children, even if it means buying or making a gift that the children want to give their father.
Contact a Naperville, Illinois, Divorce Lawyer
Divorced parents can design their parenting plans to accommodate holidays, which you may find preferable to renegotiating your parenting schedule before each holiday. A DuPage County divorce attorney at Calabrese Associates, P.C., can help you craft a flexible parenting plan or modify your existing plan to include holiday schedules. To schedule a consultation, call 630-393-3111.