Tips For A Harmonious Christmas Following Your Divorce
The holidays are a joyous time of year for many people, but this time of year can be immensely difficult for families in transition. This season is all about togetherness and spending time with the special people in our lives, which is tough if you’re going through a divorce. While we understand that it can be challenging for recently divorced parents to navigate through the holiday season, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone and this can be done in a manner most beneficial for everyone (especially your kids). The family law experts at Oxendine Law are happy to provide some tips on how to have a great Christmas after your divorce.
Be Patient & Remain Flexible
Working out the logistics of which parent will have custody of the children during Christmas can be a tense and uncomfortable situation for some former couples. However, it’s certainly in the best interest of the children to remain as civil and flexible with each other as possible. If the arrangement stipulates that the kids are to be with your ex on Christmas, you may want to consider planning additional Christmas festivities with your kids on a separate day. While your parenting plan will have very specific dates and times for the schedule, it always benefits everyone involved if you’re willing to be flexible and accommodating.
Try To Create Some New Traditions
The time after a divorce is obviously an adjustment period in many ways. This can apply to your holiday traditions as well. If you’re worried about spending Christmas alone or that your holiday won’t feel “normal” after your divorce, don’t be afraid to reach out to friends or colleagues about spending the day with them. Try to get creative, you might be surprised how much you enjoy skipping out on the traditional route. And remember that Christmas is more than just a day. Moving traditional events by a day or two won’t make them any less special or enjoyable.
Plan For Your Custody Exchange In Advance
If your Christmas day (or week) will require a custody exchange, make sure to plan for it in advance. Holidays can be hectic with all the cooking, traveling, and preparing. Discussing and agreeing on a plan with your ex before the big day can go a long way towards avoiding an additional headache.
Remember That It’s Just One Day
If you’re upset that your family won’t be experiencing a traditional Christmas this year, we completely understand. But it’s important to remember that it’s just one day. A situation that seems strange and gloomy now may feel like a new tradition before you know it. Try to embrace the change and see it from the perspective of starting something new.
Regardless of their specific circumstances, we hope everyone reading this has an amazing and restful holiday season. It’s important to be reflective of the many things we all have to be thankful for. For more information, contact Oxendine Law at (770) 497-8688 today to schedule a meeting in-person, over the phone, or by video conference. You can also follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram for additional family law tips, news, videos, and more. Merry Christmas and happy holidays from everyone here at Oxendine Law!