How to best Split Custody for the Holidays

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If you are going through a divorce and you have children, you should make a plan for how they are to be shared over the holidays. This will make things clear for you and your ex, and it will help you avoid unpleasantness during the season.

As part of the divorce settlement, you will have to arrange how the children are to be shared between the two of you. This can be simple enough for most of the year, but holidays tend to get tricky. Your Scottsdale child custody attorney should be involved in formulating a plan.

Here are some of the common ways that divorced parents share custody over the holidays:

1. Alternate

You can agree to have the kids every other year. There is much that recommends this plan. It will ensure that you do not miss spending more than one Christmas in a row with your kids. It will also avoid the expense and stress of shuttling your children back and forth over the holidays.

2. Spit the holidays

You can make it so that your children spend part of the day with you and part of the day with your ex. This may be the best arrangement if you or your spouse have a job that requires you to work on Christmas Day.

3. Celebrate the holiday twice

It is not unreasonable for you to celebrate Christmas with your children on the 25th and for your ex to do so on the 24th or something along those lines. The important thing is to spend quality time with your children at some point during the season.

If you have entered the child custody and visitation stage of your divorce, you will need a Scottsdale child custody lawyer beside you. It can be hard to give up traditions and your idea of what Christmas should be. However, if you make a good faith effort to maintain harmony over the holidays for the sake of your children, then an Arizona family law attorney from the Fruchtman Law Firm will help you create an arrangement that works for you.