While the holiday season is filled with joy for many, it can also be a time of high stress and worry, especially for divorced parents. Coordinating holiday schedules for your children can be challenging as you try and find a situation both parents agree upon.
It is important to start planning early, before the craziness of the holiday season is upon you. Discuss with your ex how parenting time will be shared over the holiday period. If you have a Separation Agreement, take some time to review it. Some Separation Agreements will include very detailed holiday schedules, outlining exact times and dates when children must be picked up and dropped off, while others leave it open-ended for you to negotiate with the other parent.
If an agreement cannot be reached, seek legal advice as soon as possible. A family lawyer will be able to provide guidance on negotiating these issues. They are not uncommon and are dealt with frequently in family law.
The most important thing is that you always keep the best interests of your children in the forefront. It is crucial that they do not feel town between their two parents. You want them to be able to enjoy the time they spend with the other parent and showing your support will help them do so guilt-free.
Making sure to discuss scheduling details in advance will help minimize the chance of conflicting events and ensure that the holiday season is as fun and carefree as possible for you and your children.