The holidays are a stressful time for everyone, but when you share custody of your child with an ex-spouse, the stress level can rise quickly when deciding where your child spends their time. Making these arrangements well in advance of the upcoming season is wise, and can avoid making a merry holiday a very un-merry one.
The first thing that both parents must consider is what the court-ordered child custody arrangements state. These are legally binding and can sometimes only be altered by a judge. Checking these arrangements first will avoid a lot of unnecessary effort. If you and your ex agree to an altered agreement, the process should be an easy one, but in the case of dispute, you will want to leave plenty of time for a judge’s decision.
In most cases when parents agree to negotiate and compromise, amicable arrangements can benefit all involved. Problems usually arise when parents share different faiths, thus different holidays, or when parents live an extended distance from each other and cannot make arrangements to share custody for the day. Alternating holidays each year is one option to help parents reach an agreement and avoid the annual decision-making process. Sharing the day between parents when possible can be exhausting for the child, but can help both parties reach a fair solution.
In any case, the focus of the child custody arrangements for any holiday should consider what is best for the child. Waking up in the morning in one home and then having to leave the gifts and festivities behind to venture to the other parent’s house can lead to resentment and frustration for the child. Over stimulation and exhaustion are common among all children during the holiday season, so taking this into consideration will ensure that the child enjoys the arrangements as much as the parents.
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