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5 Tips for Co-Parenting During the Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be the most beautiful time of the year. However, families going through a divorce, the holidays can be significantly stressful. Coordinating schedules for visitations and parenting time can be overwhelming. This is especially true if this is the first holiday for a family after a split. While the transition may be difficult, you can help prevent drama and minimize disruption by considering some of these holiday co-parenting tips:

Tips for Co-Parenting During the Holidays

  1. Reference your divorce decree. Your divorce decree should outline an agreement about how parenting time during major holidays. Reference your decree if there is ever any confusion over scheduling.
  2. Plan in advance. Don’t wait until the last minute to begin making holiday scheduling plans. It’s never too early to start making arrangements. Plus, it will save you the stress later on.
  3. Be willing to compromise. It is essential for parents to remain flexible when it comes to arranging a co-parenting time. If for example, your ex-spouse has extended family coming into town, they may request trading days so that your children can visit. If the situation were reversed, you would want your ex to extend a similar courtesy. Arrange for any make-up days if these conciliatory gestures interfere with parenting time.
  4. It’s not a competition. Don’t feel pressured to buy your children’s love after a divorce. The holidays are not a competition, and you should not feel the need to outdo your ex-spouse or make them look bad in any way. Coordinating gift giving with your ex-spouse is a good idea – not only will this help prevent duplicate gifts, but it will ensure that holiday gift giving does not negatively impact post-divorce finances.
  5. Keep your kids first. No matter what, the best interests of your children should be your number one priority. It is essential to make sure that they have the opportunity to spend time with both sides of their family and that they are kept out of any parenting disputes.

We hope that you find these tips helpful. For further assistance with co-parenting and other custody-related issues, please consult with a family law attorney at Modern Family Law.

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