The holidays can be a tough time for parents who have recently gotten divorced.
Navigating single parenthood during such a busy time is a challenge. For parents who share custody, creating an agreeable time-sharing schedule can also be tough. As the holidays approach, it’s important to have a time-sharing plan in place–for both your children’s well-being and your own sanity.
Here are some important tips for making time-sharing work for you during the holidays.
Set a Written Schedule
Some ex-spouses split physical custody of their children evenly. Others have settled on a primary and secondary physical custody arrangement. Whatever arrangement you and your ex-spouse have chosen, it’s important to create a schedule for your children’s time during the holidays.
Assign duties for picking the children up from school, driving them to school pageant practice or dropping them off at the other parent’s house.
Know specific times, places and events so you can communicate with your ex-spouse easily and efficiently. Unless it’s an emergency, try not to switch plans at the last minute–this can be irritating and disappointing during a time when stress is already high.
If you’re struggling to reach an agreeable time-sharing schedule for your children’s holiday break, contact a trustworthy family law attorney.
Keep Emotions In Check
The holidays can be a stressful time, especially for recently-divorced parents who are navigating co-parenting for the first time. Time-sharing means your children will spend a scheduled time with your ex-spouse and be away from you during their holiday break.
Missing time with your kids during the holidays can make any parent emotional. However, it’s important to understand that your children need time with both parents. Providing a safe, positive environment for them will help them feel more secure with their new living arrangements.
Keep Things Positive
Even with the mixed emotions of time-sharing during the holidays, it’s important to keep a positive attitude, especially in front of your children.
However you personally feel about your ex-spouse, remember that he or she is as much your children’s parent as you are. Keep your language kind, and try to be as cooperative as possible.
Get Advice From Your Lawyer
If this is your first holiday navigating time-sharing issues, you might struggle to come to an agreement with your ex-spouse.
Don’t prolong the disagreements. Seek counsel from a family law attorney who can help you and your ex-spouse reach an arrangement that works best for you and your child.
Laura Spencer Coleman is one of Florida’s leading family law attorneys. She provides caring, experienced guidance on navigating child custody and time-sharing disputes in the state of Florida.
Schedule a consultation by calling 850-626-8520 or contact the law firm of Laura Spencer Coleman today.