North Carolinians may still be reeling from the holidays, a time when friends and family gather in order to have a merry time together. Often, though, getting together can mean a tremendous amount of preparation, travel and headaches, all of which can combine to make the holidays incredibly stressful.
The holidays can be even tougher on divorced couples, when holidays stir up old emotions and present new challenges to making the holidays special for their children. Child custody arrangements can get tricky and testy during the holidays, but divorced parents still want to make the holidays the best they can be for their children.
A recent article discussed ways in which divorced parents have learned to cope with holidays, even if it means making personal sacrifices for the good of the kids. Some parents agree to split holiday time between them, while others get together as a whole family just for a special occasion for the good of their children.
Whatever the situation, parents need to find a way to make child custody decisions work, And the spirit of the holidays may provide the extra incentive to cooperate with an ex. That spirit shouldn't only come out once a year; however, it should be the driving factor behind every day decisions, as cooperative and supportive parents may mean happier children.
Parents need to find a child custody arrangement that works for them and their kids, and then consistently pursue and defend that option. A family law attorney with experience in child custody issues can help a divorcing parent protect their right to quality time with their children, on holidays and every day in between.
Source: New Castle News "How divorced couples make holidays special for children," Jennifer Kogan, Dec. 20, 2012