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After undergoing divorce proceedings, there’s a lot of uncertainty, especially regarding the holidays. Whether you have children or not, a divorce can disrupt the usual plans and traditions that you’ve come to expect. We’ve compiled some helpful tips below to help our recently divorced clients navigate their first holiday season post-divorce.
Although making a holiday plan is helpful for everyone, this is particularly important if you and your ex-spouse have children together. Going into the holiday season without establishing a schedule for your children can be a recipe for chaos and frustration. First, refer to your final decree and custody agreement before discussing whether you and your ex would like to split or share the holidays. If you don’t understand the terms of the agreement or believe a modification is needed, you should schedule a time to speak to your attorney ahead of time.
Identify your core support system. If you end up spending the holidays alone, try to coordinate with your extended family or friends for a planned get-together or other tradition. If you have children, be sure to encourage and facilitate communication between your children and your ex’s family to reinforce a sense of normalcy.
If you’re alone on the holiday, you can choose to spend your free time differently. Plan a special meal for yourself or a self-care day doing what you love.
At Sussman Law Firm, we take pride in helping our clients with their family law issues. If you’re entering the holiday season with questions about creating a fair parenting schedule, our staff and qualified attorneys are ready to help you. Give us a call today!