Fall Break will soon be here, with long weekends off of school for most kids.... which parent should receive this extra time with them?
If you aren't up to date with your kids' school calendars, you may have missed a relatively new concept: Fall Break. Its an end of the first semester break for kids and teachers alike and provides enough days off of school to allow parents and families to schedule in some last minute vacation time.
To understand the Spring Break and Fall Break rules in the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines you must be certain as to which version of the guidelines you follow. There are presently two (2) versions of the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines that parents may follow. If your parenting time order was issued before March 1, 2013 you likely follow the "old" guidelines, and if your parenting time order was entered after March 1, 2013, you likely follow the "new" guidelines.
The "Old" Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines only assume one week of Spring Break and do not provide for Fall Break whatsoever. The "New" Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines provide for Fall Break, which is a relatively new concept and additional time off for school kids. The New version of the Guidelines define both Spring Break and Fall Break in a manner which could be longer than a week. The "New" Guideline language is as follows:
Spring Break. From two hours after the child is released from school on the child’s last day of school before Spring Break, and ending 7:00 p.m. on the last day before school begins again.
Fall Break. From two hours after the child is released from school on the child’s last day of school before Fall Break and ending 7:00 p.m. of the last day before school begins again.
The best way to deal with Spring Break and Fall Break parenting time would be to customize your parenting time plan to deal with the new guidelines and calendar. Doing so will likely require formal modification of the parenting time order with the Court that has jurisdiction of your case. And as always, remember that parents are the best persons to know what parenting time schedule works for your own kids. Parents can always reach an agreement that is contrary to the Guidelines. However, in the absence of an agreement, the Guidelines always control. Happy Fall Break!