Split Custody And the Holidays: 3 Tips For Families In Transition

family law attorneysWhile many people associate the holidays with happiness and the company of loved ones, this time of the year can be particularly challenging for families who have gone through a separation or divorce, or for those who are embroiled in a custody battle. This is especially true when parents refuse to see eye to eye and get in heated debates that result in anger and resentment.

While there’s no easy solution that applies to every single case, there are steps you can take to help you and your loved ones navigate these types of issues. We understand how challenging the holidays can be, so we’ve complied a small set of key tips to keep in mind when navigating child custody issues during the holidays.

Stick To The Parenting Plan

The holidays will complicate everyone’s schedules, which will make it tempting for you or other parties to switch plans around. However, most couples with children who go through a divorce or separation have been assigned a parenting plan which outlines the custody schedule. Be sure to try and stick to it as closely as possible to avoid legal complications and ensure that your child’s holidays proceed smoothly. With that in mind…

Remain Flexible

While the holidays could potentially disrupt your parenting plan and other custody arrangements, you should try and remain as flexible as possible when the circumstances allow for it. It is critical that you ensure that your child’s needs are placed before your own, which can be difficult when everyone’s schedule is thrown into chaos.

Consider the Child’s Feelings Above All Else

On that note, many parents don’t take the time to take their child’s feelings into account. The holidays are supposed to be a special and happy time for children, and while it is understandable that you as a parent want to share this time with them, you need to ensure that your child’s wants and needs inform the holiday schedule more than anything else. Whatever you do, do not let your own selfishness or arguments get in the way of your child’s happiness.

Contact the family law attorneys at Rubin & Levavi, P.C.

If you have any questions about child custody and the holidays, or other family law or divorce issues, do not hesitate to contact Rubin & Levavi, P. C. You can reach us at (415) 564-2776 to schedule an initial consultation today.