5 Tips For Surviving the Holidays During a Divorce

5 Tips For Surviving the Holidays During a Divorce

As soon as the calendar turns to December we’re bombarded with all things holiday. From advertisements, to recipes, to school events and water cooler chatter, we just cannot escape the frenzy of this supposedly joyous time of year. However, for those going through a divorce, the holiday season may be more depressing than delightful. Family traditions are altered, children are struggling, and finances are often tight.

Nonetheless, there are five steps that you can take to try and make the holidays happy despite your divorce:

 

holiday dinner

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1) Share Holiday Time - The holiday season is a busy for family lawyers mostly because so many parties are arguing over custody of their children for the holidays. Don't spend this time (and your money) litigating. When thinking about the holidays, try and put aside your self-interest and focus on what is best for your children. Typically, this means spending time with both parents and their extended family. With the assistance of counsel, or directly if this is possible, try and arrive on a holiday schedule for the children that allows them to participate in as many holiday traditions as possible. If there is a conflict, be flexible. Children are more than happy to eat two holiday dinners or open presents at two different homes. What is most important is to minimize the level of stress and strife for them and for you.

 

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