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Tips for dealing with the holidays as co-parents

The holiday season is right around the corner, so it’s time for you and your co-parent to start thinking about how you’ll handle things with the kids this year. As is the case with anything related to the kids, every decision that’s made must be done in their best interests.

One of the most pressing matters is often the holiday schedule. Determining who the children are going to be with on each day is important. Think about the activities that go on with each family on the big days. If one family does a Christmas Eve celebration and the other does a Christmas celebration, the children should be able to enjoy both.

Sometimes, both sides celebrate on the same day. Trying to figure out how to make that work might be a challenge. Some parents make the schedule out, so the children are with one parent one year and the other parent the next year.

You also have to think about other aspects of custody during the holiday. For example, set the terms for gifts ahead of time. Will the children bring their gifts from one home to the other or will they stay only at one home? How will the transportation and transition on those days work?

The more detailed you make the parenting plan, the better chance you’ll be able to work through the holiday season without having to deal with a lot of stress. It can also help the children to thrive and enjoy the season since they’ll know what to expect. Working with an attorney who’s familiar with these matters may help you to get the situation handled quickly.

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