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Child Custody During the Holiday Season: Holiday Custody Arrangements
The holiday season is rapidly approaching. You are probably already looking forward to the family gatherings and delicious food. But what you may not be looking forward to is the custody arrangements the holidays bring. It can stir up a lot of questions about how custody will be handled during the holidays when you are divorced. Who gets the children for Christmas? New Year’s Eve? And how can we make sure the kids have fun?
We’ll bring up a few factors that you should always consider when discussing child custody during the holiday season with your ex-spouse to help ease your mind during this stressful time; Read on to learn more!
Double the Celebration
Sometimes it can be difficult not to celebrate the holidays with your children by your side. For many divorced parents new to sharing custody on the holidays, this can be extremely hard. Therefore, it may be better to celebrate the holiday twice so that you don’t miss out on special moments with your children.
For example, one parent can celebrate with the children on Christmas Day, and one can celebrate with them either before or after, such as on the 26th or 24th. In most cases, your children will be excited to celebrate the holiday twice with both parents and create special memories that will last a lifetime.
Amid the chaos that ensues during the holiday season, half days can be a great way to spend the holiday with your children; without having to plan an entirely separate day. Although this takes a lot of planning and compromise, it can be a great way to enjoy the holidays together if done right.
Splitting the day that the holiday falls on can be a lot of work not only for you but also you’re your children as well. Emotions run high, and children get tired quickly, especially when so much goes on in one day. If you decide to try half days this holiday season, make sure to encourage open communication between both your ex-spouse and children. It’s also a good idea to be realistic about what might happen, considering this can be a lot for everyone involved.
Not all holidays hold the same importance to everyone. Have you ever met someone who goes all out on Christmas? On the other hand, you have people who enjoy the holiday but don’t feel strongly about celebrating it. For situations such as these, it may be best to alternate holidays. For example, you might get the children on Christmas, and your ex-spouse will have them on New Year’s Eve. This can take the guesswork out of planning, pick-ups, drop-offs, and so much more. It also allows your children to enjoy the holiday without having to rush from one place to the next.
Child Custody During the Holiday Season: Conclusion
Often the holiday season comes with its own unique stresses; decorating the house, planning family meals, travel, presents, and so much more. Creating a practical and easy-to-follow custody schedule during these times can prevent overwhelming emotions for you and your children. Child custody during the holiday season doesn’t have to be overwhelming. At Koleilat Law, our attorneys are ready to help you plan and execute the perfect custody schedule for the holidays; so, you can get back to creating a lifetime of memories with your children. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys.