5 Tips To Navigate Child Custody Schedules and The Holidays

Children laying on floor in front of holiday lights and tree.

The holidays can be a whirlwind of activities and schedules and once they have passed, your family can be left in emotional chaos due to all the back and forth of traveling, emotional rollercoasters, and schedule changes.

When you work through your divorce using the collaborative divorce process, you are surrounded by a team of experts that can help you and your former partner create a co-parenting plan that strives to do what is best for the family unit to move forward once the divorce agreement is finalized.

Here are 5 tips we often share with our clients to help them through the holiday custody schedule:

  • Work with each other, instead of against each other
  • Children’s thoughts and feelings matter – let them have a voice in the plan
  • Think out of the box – unique situations need unique solutions
  • Give to receive – is there a holiday you can compromise on?
  • Factor in the situations that can arise that were not part of the custody plan agreement – try to be flexible. You never know when you might need flexibility for your scheduling needs.

The most important thing to remember is that your children aren’t pawns, there to tell your ex all the “dirt” you have on them or how bad they hurt you in the divorce process. Remember, while children can be resilient, they are not without emotional baggage – don’t be the one who adds to it.

Our team at Family Divorce Solutions is a group of well respected, experienced, and trained attorneys, mental health professionals, financial professionals, certified public accountants, and child specialists who work as a team to reach a complete and satisfactory resolution for everyone involved.

Our team can help you and your spouse develop a holiday co-parenting plan that keeps your children and your family’s emotional wellbeing in mind. Contact us today.

Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial/tax/or mental health advice. You should work with your attorney, financial, mental health, or tax professional to determine what will work best for your situation.

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