Sharing custody of your children can be challenging all year round, but it can be especially difficult over the holidays. Throughout November and December, families often get together more frequently for Christmas parties, Hanukah celebrations, and other exciting festivities. However, if you are recently divorced or separated, you might be facing an entirely new challenge this season: sharing custody.
The holidays can be a busy time for any family, but if you share custody of your children with your ex, you might have a few new obstacles to overcome this year.
In order to make the most of your shared custody arrangement this year, follow these helpful tips:
1. Familiarize Yourself with Your Legal Agreement
No two families are the same, which means there is no one-size-fits-all custody agreement. If the arrangement you and your ex-spouse reached after your divorce was legally binding, you must consult those rules and restrictions before you create a new plan for the holidays. Find a way to create a holiday schedule that works within the confines of your co-parenting arrangement. If you are unable to follow the existing arrangement, talk to your attorney about potentially seeking a legal change.
2. Plan Ahead
Whether you and your ex are on amicable or hostile terms, it is essential that you make time to get together to discuss your holiday plans. By planning ahead, you make it easier to create a cohesive schedule that works for you, your co-parent, and especially your children.
3. Be Prepared to Compromise
Finding common ground with an ex is rarely easy, especially where children are involved. However, as the saying goes, you have to give a little to get a little. So, think about what you’re willing to compromise on in order to get what’s most important to you. For example, if it’s important that you spend time with your children on Christmas morning, maybe you would be willing to allow them to spend Christmas Eve with their other parent.
If you are concerned about your holiday custody arrangement, or if your ex-spouse is being uncooperative, make sure you seek legal counsel from an experienced family law attorney. Our lawyers can discuss your legal options, including potential custody alterations.
Contact Smith Law Offices, LLC to discuss your child custody case with our experienced St. Charles family attorneys.