The holidays are often viewed as times to bring your family and friends together and spend quality time with those closest to you, and as such, most parents want their children to be with them during the holidays. However, when a couple has divorced, the holidays can be fraught with added complications and frustrations as separated parents try to come up with an arrangement that will allow both of them to spend quality time with their kids.
In order to give your family an enjoyable holiday rather than one that is rife with arguments, tension, additional problems, or even court battles, there are certain steps you and your ex-spouse can take to come to an agreement regarding holiday custody and visitation:
· Figure out which holidays are the most important to each person. By determining which holidays you want to spend with your children and which ones may be less important, you and your ex-spouse may be able to come to a compromise on who gets certain holidays each year.
· Plan in advance. Talk to your former spouse about upcoming holiday plans as far in advance as possible and try to get any addendums or agreements made in writing so there is something to reference later on, which can greatly lessen the chances of arguments and disagreements occurring.
· Devise as specific of a custody plan as possible – rather than just saying alternating holidays, it is best to be as specific about holidays as possible. When it is explicitly in writing that one parent gets Thanksgiving on odd years and the other on even years, it’s much harder to find leeway with the decision or argue over it.
Custody agreements are always complex, but they can be even more complicated during the holidays. For this reason, many divorcing parents choose to enlist the support of a skilled divorce lawyer to help them create the best possible custody plans.
Guest post by Nancy Tran
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