The holidays are a joyous and exciting time. Memories are made and family traditions are enjoyed. Yet, for families that are dealing with divorce, child custody issues can be compounded at the holidays.
Determining where the children will spend the holidays can trigger frustration and anger that co-parenting exes had hoped to leave in the past. With a bit of cooperation and organization, scheduling parenting time during the holidays can be surprisingly stress-free.
Planning ahead as much as possible benefits everyone involved. Children feel a sense of satisfaction in knowing what to expect. Establishing a holiday parenting agreement well in advance helps kids feel secure and reduces their anxiety.
Using Technology Makes Co-Parenting Easier
Putting the holiday schedule in writing can help prevent last minute changes or disagreements that are stressful for the children. Online parenting organizational websites and apps like “Our Family Wizard” and “CustodyXChange” are a great way to give both parents access to a shared calendar. Online tools are an easy way for parents to work together without speaking directly.
When looking ahead at a new year, each parent needs to think about which holidays have the most personal meaning to them and their extended families. One parent may enjoy Halloween while the other looks forward to their town’s Fourth of July parade. Dividing up the holidays is going to require some compromise from both sides.
Learn to Compromise
For holidays that are especially important to both, parents can consider alternating homes from year to year or splitting the day in half if geographically possible. Another fun way to encourage kids to make memories with both parents is to celebrate some favorite holidays twice.
When parents are unable to come to a mutual agreement regarding parenting time during the holidays, child custody lawyers turn to a Court Approved Holidays Parenting Schedule. This schedule includes all major holidays and is negotiated between both parties. Once agreed upon, it is legally binding. If parents still are not able to agree on where the children will spend the holidays, a Family Court Judge will decide.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kisha Hebbon
Kisha M. Hebbon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was raised in Camden, New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick and earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Administration of Justice in 1997. While at Rutgers University, Kisha became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In 2005, Kisha founded the Law Offices of Kisha M. Hebbon, LLC. She has represented hundreds of clients in the areas of family and divorce law, criminal law, real estate law, and municipal law. Kisha has mastered the art of litigation and enjoys trying cases.
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.
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