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Parenting during the holidays

Holidays for most Houston residents carry a certain amount of stress. But when a family has gone through a divorce and there are children to shuffle to different family homes it can be hard to handle. Having a plan for these situations is important in a collaborative law divorce.

Most divorce settlements have visitation plans in place for children and their parents. During the holidays these visitation plans can get complicated. Parenting time with the children over the holidays requires careful planning. First, a parenting schedule over the holidays should be in writing and signed by both parents. Both parents should agree to this plan to minimize any complications. Negotiation over the schedule is critical for both parents. Since both parents will probably want the kids at the same time there are different ways to arrange a schedule. Parents can alternate years for holidays with one parent getting Christmas day this year and the other parent getting it next year. Or parents can split the time which can work well if the parents live near each other and are good communicators. Being flexible is important in making sure kids don't suffer in the disagreements that often arise.

A legal professional skilled in family law can help a person set up a parenting schedule that is fair. They have the experience to know how to arrange visitation schedules and can offer suggestions and resources to help make it as painless of a process as possible.

The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone. Families who are going through a divorce or have already gone through a divorce know how hard it can be to arrange family time with children. Parenting schedules are crucial in making sure parents get time with their children in a fair and loving way during the holidays.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "Holidays, divorce and who gets the children?", Jason Levoy, Dec. 23, 2015

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