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Survive shared custody during the holidays by focusing on your children

The holidays are a special time for everyone - and especially for kids. For children of parents who are newly separated or divorced, this holiday season may look much different than it did last year or before. Due to changes in the family, it can be difficult or impossible to maintain traditions and normalcy.

In a shared custody situation, children may spend time individually with the mother, the father, and their respective families. In some situations, separated parents may choose to spend the holiday together as a family.

No matter what your holiday schedule looks like this year - no matter how your family has changed - it is important to stay focused on your children.

Whether you are separated or newly divorced, or whether you got divorced long ago, here are a few tips to keep in mind to help your children have the best holiday ever:

  • Cut back on distractions: Spend some quality, uninterrupted time with your child. Clear your schedule, put your phone away, and do something that you can only do this time of the year (go to a tree lighting ceremony, visit Santa, bake Christmas cookies, etc.)
  • Work with your ex: For the sake of your child, be cooperative and amicable with your ex. Be flexible, and hopefully your ex will do the same for you.
  • Talk to your child: Find out what your traditions your child enjoys. Find out what is most important to him or her. And be flexible. If your child wants to go see Santa twice - once with you and once with your ex - accommodate his or her request.

Even if this holiday season isn't the same as it has been in the past (due to your divorce, separation or shared custody situation), it can still be an enjoyable one for your child. The most important thing to remember is to stay focused on your child. You are playing a part in creating memories that will last for a lifetime.

Attorney Victoria Linder represents parents in child custody, child support, enforcement and modification matters. If you have questions for a family law attorney, please complete this online contact form 

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