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5 tips for child custody during the holidays

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2021 | Firm News

Terrell area parents who are no longer together typically have a custody arrangement for their children. With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is important for parents to plan ahead.

The holiday season is a time for families to get together. But for divorced or separated parents, it can also be stressful. The following are five tips for co-parenting during the holidays.

  1. Prioritize the events that are most important to you and be willing to compromise. If there are overlaps on events, consider sharing the time with the other parent.
  2. Check with your children if they are old enough to find out what they would like to do. If you have a vacation planned and the kids are not interested, it can make it easier for custody situations.
  3. It is important to stay flexible. No matter how airtight plans may be something can always happen.
  4. When communicating with your ex, stay calm. Hold back on negative or snarky remarks and don’t make any negative claims on social media.
  5. Don’t get hung up on the actual date of the holiday. Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any other holiday can happen on a different day and children are happy just spending time with their parents.

With the holidays approaching it is time for parents to work through their parenting plan and navigate it with their former spouse. In some cases, this may require negotiation, or even making modifications to an existing parenting plan. A legal professional who is skilled in child custody can help their client with complex and sensitive legal matters.