Home(s) for the Holidays.
The holidays are a special time when we share wonderful traditions with our families. However, if you are going through a divorce or a child custody dispute, it can be difficult and stressful to navigate for each parent to have quality time together during the holidays. As with any coparenting situation, the key to a successful holiday season is clear communication, cooperation, and planning ahead.
When considering holiday timesharing, be ready to compromise with your coparent. Making lasting holiday memories with your children doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Be willing to take advantage of Thanksgiving break and winter break to carve out equal time for the children to celebrate the holidays with both sides of their family. If you live within close proximity to your coparent, consider splitting the day into mornings at one house and evenings at the other.
However you choose to celebrate the holidays, make sure to plan ahead and have a solid parenting plan to help set clear guidelines on holiday timesharing. Avoid souring the holidays for the children by arguing with your coparent at the time of year when we all try to be a little nicer to one another, give thanks, and celebrate a little more. If your coparent really wants Christmas Eve, saying yes will show that the best interests of the children is the most important thing to you. Saying yes also makes it more likely that your coparent will also say yes to what is important to you and your traditions.
Unfortunately, we know it's not aways this simple. That is why we are here to help you resolve these conflicts ahead of time, by drafting a detailed and fair parenting plan. Let us alleviate the stress!
Keep the holidays joyful! We wish you and yours a happy holiday season!