With the holidays just around the corner, families are preparing for their celebrations. For divorced families, this often means determining a schedule that works for both parents. Unfortunately, this does not always allow for a fair schedule, as conflicts can arise. Whether both parents celebrate Christmas, one parent celebrates Chanukah, or both parents have their own form of celebration during the holidays, the reality is that celebrations can overlap and cause for conflicts.
How can divorced parents co-parent during the holidays? If there is no set holiday schedule in place, then major issues can arise. Each parent may have their own traditions, but they may have traditions that they want to keep that were established when they were a family unit. This can create problems when it comes to determining when each parent will have the child or children.
In order to reduce conflict, it is important to keep the focus on the child. Disputes over holidays could impact the child and their overall enjoyment of this time of year. Thus, being flexible and understanding is often paramount. In cases where there are multiple time conflicts, it may be best to consider new ways to celebrate. Coming up with new traditions could ease the process, as it can reduce scheduling conflicts and create a new and more positive way to celebrate the holidays post-divorce.
While the holidays are supposed to be a joyful time of year, it is often the toughest time for divorced families. Navigating custody and co-parenting issues can be challenging, especially when all the details have not be ironed out. Thus, it is imperative that divorced parents understand their situation and how the law applies to it, as this can help them determine what steps to take and what options will work best for them when it comes to resolving this family law matter.