The holiday season can be a stressful time for divorced fathers, especially those for whom this is the first holiday after the divorce. Here are some tips to make sure that your holiday season goes with a little stress as possible.
When deciding how you’re going to divide your time with the children, refer to the divorce decree or the parenting schedule that was finalized during your divorce. This way, you are able to avoid many of the misunderstandings that can creep in during this period of time. Your parenting schedule or visitation agreement will contain guidelines about which parent has parenting time and when during holidays. The parenting time is frequently different for the holidays than during the rest of the year.
If you want more time with children during the holidays, negotiate with your ex-wife. If you have a cordial relationship with your ex-wife, she may not refuse your request. However, if she decides to become hostile, there may be no point in quarreling, and ruining the holidays for your children. Speak to a Colorado divorce lawyer later about how you can modify your parenting agreement to get more time with the children during the holidays and other special occasions.
Make sure that your discussions with your spouse involve not only who gets the children for the holidays, but also all important details including who will drop off the children and where the pickup and drop offs will take place. Most importantly, try to be flexible on visitation schedules for the holidays. The best laid plans can go wrong, and if the two of you become hostile over it, the only ones who will suffer are the children.
Child custody plans that were finalized during the time of the divorce may become outdated, and they no longer serve the needs of the parent or the children’s interests. If you want to modify your child custody agreement, speak to a family lawyer in Colorado.