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These child custody holiday tips will serve you well

Issues regarding child custody have the potential to come to light at any time of the year. However, the holidays can magnify your parenting situation, thus bringing additional challenges to your life.

You want to spend as much time as you can with your children during the holiday season. Just the same, you should expect your ex-spouse to have the same feelings.

To protect against trouble, the first thing you can do is review your parenting agreement. This will give you a better idea of how to handle the holidays. If you follow what's outlined in this agreement, both parents should be able to make it through the holiday season without any major issues.

Here are six additional child custody holiday tips that will serve you well:

  • Communicate everything: If you have something planned, tell the other parent about it. If you need to make a change to your schedule, don't wait to share this information. Do whatever it takes to keep an open line of communication.
  • Have a plan: It's not always easy to settle on a concrete plan with your ex-spouse, but doing so in advance will help you avoid trouble down the line.
  • Try to cooperate: You want to provide your children with an enjoyable holiday experience, so do your best to cooperate. This may mean compromising every now and again, and there's nothing wrong with that.
  • Remain flexible: Just as you may make a request of your ex-spouse, they may do the same. Flexibility can help with many common issues around the holiday season.
  • Talk about gifts in advance: You don't have to go into detail, but make sure you're on the same page in regard to what you're giving your child.
  • Don't try to keep your child away from their extended family: If your ex-spouse wants your children to spend time with their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, so be it. There is no point in trying to stop this. It's an argument that leads to nowhere.

You can rely on these child custody holiday tips to help keep you sane during a hectic holiday season.

As you review your parenting agreement, take notes to ensure that you know exactly what you should and shouldn't be doing. If, for some reason, your ex-spouse neglects to follow the parenting agreement, you may need to take legal action at some point.

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