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22 Dec. 2015

How to Handle Changes to Parenting Time During the Holidays

Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

Divorce court judges tend to get busy around the end of the year, often because they deal with many cases involving parents fighting over access to their children during the holidays. Even though your parenting plan may clearly define visitation time, there are many reasons why you or your ex-spouse may wish to deviate from the plan, including unexpected visits from family, upcoming travel plans, and more. While changes to your regular schedule may not always be convenient, it does not have to be stressful. Remember that compromise is important.

This Christmas, keep in mind these helpful tips to make co-parenting less stressful:

  • Make plans in advance. If your holiday plans are going to deviate from your regular parenting plan, it is important not to wait until the last minute to let your ex-spouse know. Give them as much advanced notice as possible so that you can work something out cooperatively and avoid any preventable frustration and conflict.
  • Communication is key. If you are going to request a schedule change with the other parent, explain to them why the change would be helpful to you or to your child. The more they know about the situation, the more understanding they are likely to respond.
  • The door swings both ways. Even if your ex-spouse is testing your patience and flexibility, remember that one day you might appreciate a return of the favor. Be patient!
  • Be vocal and responsive. Disagree with your ex-spouse’s plan? Don’t keep it to yourself. Bring it up and try to look for an alternative. Don’t agree to a plan initially and then refuse to allow them access to your child when the time comes.
  • Coordinate your gift giving with your ex-spouse to ensure that your child doesn’t receive duplicate gifts.

We hope that you will not only find these tips useful during the holidays, but will also find them helpful for success throughout the year. As long as you and your ex-spouse keep your child’s happiness and needs a priority, you are more likely to avoid unnecessary drama and stress.

We hope you and your family enjoy a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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