Sharing Custody During the Holiday Season

When parents separate or divorce, a lesser talked about topic is how the extended family is affected. For example, when a grandparent and grandchild share a special bond, a major change in the child’s family dynamic can sometimes affect the grandparent’s time with the child. As Thanksgiving and other holidays draw closer, it is important that those that co-parent have a plan in place for sharing their child(ren) with each other as well as extended family.

After a separation or divorce, holiday schedules will likely have to change. Parents should remember that most children benefit from structure, and as the holiday excitement mounts, the children will want to know the plan. Make sure to coordinate in advance on how the holiday schedule will work so the children are not left wondering where they will be spending their time. Coordinating in advance can also help prevent additional stress that the holidays often bring.

When creating a holiday co-parenting schedule, parents should remember to set aside time for the children to spend with extended family. Grandparents, aunts, and/or uncles will most likely want quality time with the children during the holidays. Since school-age children often have long holiday breaks, co-parents should work to cooperate with one another to ensure that the holiday time off of school is split up evenly between family members. 

 Child custody issues can be complicated from both legal and emotional perspectives, especially during the holidays. If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties relating to sharing custody of children for the upcoming holiday season, contact one of our experienced family law attorneys today.