The holidays are a special time for parents and children alike. In the formative years, it’s a time when children learn about holidays and what happens with their families. For some, this time is stressful, and that can lead to a life where holidays are avoided or even disliked completely.

As a parent of a child who has already gone through a divorce, it’s important that you take the stress out of the holidays and keep your child’s best interests at heart. Your little one only has so many holidays to spend with family, so working out a plan to make the best of the situation is key.

One thing you can do is to have a bi-yearly arrangement. This is one of the easiest things to do for your visitation schedule. Each year, you switch which parent has custody during each holiday. That way, your child gets to spend the actual holiday with each parent every other year while still celebrating on a different day with the other parent regardless. At times such as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, you can switch custody back and forth or spend each two-day segment with your child bi-annually.

If that doesn’t work for you, there are dozens of alternative arrangements you can have with your ex-spouse. Your attorney can help you determine what kind of arrangement you want and which arrangement works best for your child. With the right arrangement, both you and your ex-partner can have important holiday time with your child every year, from now until he or she is grown.

Source: Coparently, “Co-parenting Through the Holidays,” accessed Nov. 03, 2017

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