(United States law) The holidays can be a joyous and loving time for millions of people across the world. Unfortunately, with nearly 50 percent of all marriages ending in divorce, the holidays can also be a painful and even depressing time. If you and your former spouse have children together, your relationship doesn’t end once you sign the divorce papers. This is especially the case during the holiday season.
Depending on the nature of your divorce, this can be a very emotional and heated time between you and your former spouse. However, no matter how much you and your former spouse may argue and fight, it is important to put emotions aside and think of your children’s well being before your own.
This is by no means an easy task. Fortunately, there are a few helpful tips for divorced parents during the holidays. If you and your spouse are recently divorced or have been divorced for years, consider the following as you approach the holiday season and the New Year:
- Do not prevent your child from seeing or having fun with his or her other parent
- Spell out holiday custody arrangements in your custody agreement so you have your arrangement in writing
- Work on letting go of your anger toward your former spouse
- Try to keep as many traditions as possible following the divorce. Too much change right away can be difficult for your children to handle.
- Do not treat the holidays as a competition with your former spouse. That doesn’t instill good habits with your children.
- Know the details of where your child will be during the holidays and coordinate with your former spouse
- Work on establishing traditions with your children so they have something to look forward to and remember for years to come
- If you can, celebrate the holidays with your former spouse. If you two can stand to be together for just a few hours it can be very beneficial for your children.
Sharing custody of your children can be difficult, but with a little help and planning, you can get through the holiday season with as little stress and drama as possible.
Carlos is an avid legal blogger who is interested in raising awareness for the ways a divorce lawyer can help individuals come to fair terms with their former spouses.