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Parenting time and the holidays

Most California parents want their children to enjoy the holidays regardless of whether they are together or not. Whether a couple is divorced or simply separated, the way that the family celebrates the holidays has likely changed, and this can cause stress for the children. When parents negotiate child custody agreements, how parenting time will be dealt with during the holidays needs to be addressed.

The holidays are naturally a stressful time for many California parents. Attempting to coordinate time with the children can only add to that stress. Having a plan already in place can help the holidays go more smoothly for everyone. Since the parties are already working out a viable schedule for everyday use, planning for the holidays can be added to the list.

Parents can designate the time each will spend with the children during the holidays, along with some ground rules that allow for flexibility and conflict resolution. More than likely, the parties are already working out a set of "house rules" that each of them will follow in order to provide consistency for the children. When it comes to the holidays, they can also make an agreement not to try to "outdo" each other when it comes to gifts.

The parties can structure their parenting time in the way that best suits the needs of the family. This is as much for the children as it is for the parents. Even though their relationship between the parents might not have worked out as anticipated, most divorced or separated parents can agree that the children need both mom and dad in their lives and can put aside their differences in order to make that happen.

Source: newsok.com, "7 tips for divorced parents during the holidays", Lacey Hancock, Dec. 16, 2015

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