Happy New Year! Let’s see when you get to celebrate with your kids In January of the New Year.
Your standard weekend possession periods this month will depend a bit on when the kids go back to school after the winter holiday. I am going to assume that most go back on the 5th of January. This is important because the first weekend (Friday) of the month is the 2nd of January. While that is typically a standard possession weekend because it is the first Friday of the month, it also falls within the winter break which means that the winter break trumps or replaces the standard visitation weekend.
S00000, your standard possession order weekend visits for January will fall on the 16th, and 30th which are the 3rd and 5th Friday of the month weekends.
Your Thursday standard visitation is also subject to the holiday provisions discussed above. That means your Thursdays (or Wednesdays in older orders) will be the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th. You do not get the 1st because the holiday possession trumps or replaces the standard Thursday possessions.
But wait! That’s not all. We have a federal holiday this month. Martin Luther King day is the 19th of the month and is the Monday following the third weekend (Friday) of the month. If your standard possession order states that you have until 6:00 p.m. Sunday night on the 18th, you will now have until 6:00 p.m. on the 19th. If your standard visitation order states that you return the children to school after your weekend visits, then you will return them Tuesday morning as opposed to Monday morning. This all ASSUMES that your child is out of school for the Martin Luther King holiday.
I hope you have a great New Year!