Tips for Sharing Child Custody Over Christmas

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The holidays can be a difficult time for divorced couples. Christmas is an especially family-orientated holiday, so how do you decide who should spend it with the kids? Every family is different, so every custody arrangement will be different. It is important to find the arrangement that works best for you and your family. Luckily, there are various different options. Read on to learn more about the most common ways divorced couples with children choose to split up the holidays.

Alternate Years

This is one of the most common options when it comes to sharing custody over the holidays. Many couples choose to alternate years. This ensures that each parent will have an equal opportunity to spend the holiday with their kids. Additionally, there is little room for miscommunication since the schedule has already been set and each party knows when they will have the kids. If you are getting divorced and you are planning your custody agreement, make sure to include holidays, birthdays, and other important events in the schedule.

Share the Day

Some divorced parents choose to split the holiday. For example, one parent will take Christmas Eve, and the other parent will have Christmas Morning. This is a great way to spend the holiday with the kids and create new traditions. You may have the kids on Christmas Eve for a festive dinner, sledding, and gingerbread houses, before sending the kids to your ex the next morning. This is a good way to share the holiday without waiting a full year to celebrate.

Spend it Together

This is not an option for many couples, but some divorced parents choose to continue spending the holidays together. This option may be more viable this year since many holiday celebrations and festivities will take place remotely over video chat. If you think this is an option that could work for your family, it may be something to discuss.

Keep Yourself in Mind

If your ex-spouse has the children for the holidays this year, make sure you still have fun. Surround yourself with your loved ones, good food, and your favorite holiday traditions.

When it comes down to it, the best option will be the one that is best for your children. If you and your ex are struggling with your custody schedule throughout the holiday season, reach out to our firm to speak with a skilled and dedicated family law attorney.


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