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How do I juggle child visitation with the holiday season?

Thanksgiving just passed and the holiday season is in full swing. With the holidays come family dinners, gatherings, special events, and parties. For divorcing couples with children, these times may not always be filled with joy, but with stress while trying to work with an ex-spouse to coordinate events with children.

Flexibility is very helpful from all sides when it comes to scheduling child visitation during these times. It may be wise to plan out visits well in advance to avoid potential conflicts close to the holidays. If a parent suspects that there may be visitation conflicts, it may be wise to get these decisions and schedules down in writing. While making the list, prioritize the events. What do you find most sacred or special? Can you share time with your ex-spouse and your children together, such as a recital or school play?

You've been married to this person, you presumably know him or her pretty well. Get an idea on what their expectations and wants will be, and try to work around them. Seeing the situation from all perspectives will help bridge the gap and may make the scheduling process easier.

Always keep your children in mind. This is about your children as well, and it is important to consider their perspective and try to make every effort to consider their wants and needs as well.

The sooner you hash out all the details between you and your ex-spouse, the sooner you'll be able to relax and enjoy the holidays with your family, friends, and kids. Having an agreed upon visitation order established will surely help.

Source: About.com, "Scheduling Holiday Child Visitation," Charles D. Jamieson, Accessed on Dec. 1, 2015

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