Thanksgiving may be a month away, but right now is the time to start considering
your family's plans for the holidays all the way to New Year's.
Whether you are in the midst of a
divorce, or you have finished your divorce, you may be faced with the awkwardness
and difficulty of coming up with an arrangement that works for your whole
family. Procrastination on holiday arrangements will not help matters.
The good news is, that even though there are two different homes now,
there are also multiple holiday seasons in the coming months. You and
the other parent can find a way to pull this off.
For example, over coffee, you and your former partner can talk about your
specific holiday plans, and how to coordinate. It will also help to talk
with your relatives to determine who is going to be where, and also recall
where your children spent their holidays last year. You may want to take
turns if you can.
Here are few different ways you might want to arrange this. First, you
might have it so that one parent has care of the children when school
gets out until the 26th of December, and then the other parent can get
from then on until the start of the next school term. So one parent could
get Christmas and other holidays with the children, and the other parent
gets New Year's Eve with the kids.
Or, you can split it up directly around Christmastime. This could look
like one parent spending time with the children on Christmas Eve into
Christmas day, and then some time in the afternoon, the other parent can
take the kids and also celebrate Boxing Day (the 26th) with them. In order
to preserve some family traditions and expectations, sharing Christmas
day could be vital. Perhaps a hybrid of the two will work, with Christmas
vacation from school being divided in half, and sharing Christmas day
as mentioned above.
If you can agree to an arrangement now, this can smooth the way for you
and your family, and you can find yourselves enjoying a less complicated
holiday season. At this time, if you are facing a divorce, are in the
midst of one, you want to make sure that you come up with a suitable holiday
arrangement. Perhaps the divorce is finalized and you need to
modify court orders that relate to
child custody. In either case, do not hesitate to
contact the Meyers Law Group, P.C. At our firm, you can work with an experienced divorce attorney in Long
Island who has the understanding and commitment that can help you and
your family find a way to a stronger future.