How to handle the holidays after a divorce

There are many parents in Nebraska who are worried about how to handle custody issues during the holidays. Considering the family traditions that are often involved with the season, this is understandable. To prevent major issues from occurring, parents should work out the logistics of who will spend the holidays where.

There are also a few other points parents should keep in mind. First of all, it's important to always prioritize the children. No matter what feelings parents may have toward one another, they should keep conflict to a minimum. This might require finding a professional to help work out those feelings or talking to friends or family members. Some parents may be tempted to keep the children from the other spouse because they are angry about the divorce. However, it is the children who will be hurt the most by this.

Parents need to make concrete plans for the holidays, and they need to shares these schedules with their children. When kids return home from an ex's house, parents should never grill them about what happened in the other household. It's important to be supportive of a child's relationship with the other parent.

How children will spend the holidays may be one issue that's addressed in the parenting agreement. If parents cannot negotiate these issues on their own, they could go to court and have a judge decide. However, most parents prefer to give negotiation a try first because it can be less costly, and it will give them more control over the final plan. An attorney could help a divorcing parent with this process.

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