Pave the Way for a Joyful Season For You and Your Children
This time of year can bring particular challenges for families going through divorce or custody proceedings, so I wanted to share some guidance with you as the holiday season approaches.
Planning a clear path forward can pave the way for a joyful season for you and your children. Here are six guidelines to consider:
Refer to your custody arrangement: Review your settlement agreement to understand the holiday plans that are outlined. If your agreement doesn’t address holiday plans, or if you don't have one, I can assist with getting those important details included.
Discuss plans with your co-parent: Before involving your children in any holiday planning, have a conversation with your co-parent to discuss and agree on the arrangements. This will help avoid confusion and reduce stress for everyone involved.
Know the rules for making changes: If you and your co-parent need to change the agreed-upon holiday schedule, be familiar with the rules outlined in your custody agreement. Some agreements may require consent via email or text, while others may require signed or notarized documents.
Be fair: When dividing holiday time with your co-parent, consider the best arrangement for your children's well-being. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, so be flexible and always prioritize your children's best interests.
Put everything in writing: To minimize misunderstandings and conflicts, document your holiday plans and confirm your co-parent's acceptance of the plan. Consult with your attorney to draft a legally sound agreement if needed.
Always prioritize your children's needs: The holiday season can be emotionally charged, so do your part to avoid conflicts and speak positively of your co-parent in front of your children.
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need additional assistance.