Holidays and Co-Parenting

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The holidays should be a joyous time, though the season can be challenging if you share parenting time with your child with their other parent. It is important to focus on healthy co-parenting techniques to ensure that your child – and you – enjoy your holidays as much as possible.

Plan Ahead

Do you have a specific family gathering you want your child to attend? Does your ex want to take your child on a short trip during winter break? There can be many factors that go into designing a shared custody schedule over the holiday break, so it is critical to plan far in advance. Make a schedule based on each parent’s priorities and then stick to that schedule. If there are disputes, refer to your parenting plan.

Make New Traditions

When you split time with your child, you likely will not be able to honor all of the past traditions you built for the holidays you observe. Now is the time to make new traditions, and start building new memories as parents who are no longer together. This can help you cherish every moment and not resent the times you are not with your child.

Keep Open Lines of Communication

The holidays can be unpredictable, and plans can change at a moment’s notice. If someone is going to be late or needs to slightly adjust the schedule, always be willing to openly discuss the matter with your ex. Being flexible and openly communicating can keep spirits high instead of resulting in unnecessary conflict.

Contact a Morristown Child Custody Lawyer for Assistance
If you need to adjust your child custody arrangement, the Morristown family lawyers at Eveland & Foster, LLC, can help. We assist clients with informal negotiation regarding parenting schedules, as well as custody modification cases in court. Call 973-285-3173 or contact us online to discuss your options.

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