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How can a child custody agreement reflect your holiday needs?

As most residents in Florida and elsewhere can contest, the holiday season is a time when we want to be with our families the most. However, for divorced parents, this can be a trying and stressful time, especially if custody and visitation agreements do not always allow for frequent access to their children. Nonetheless, divorced parents are able to work together and set up a schedule that could benefit everyone involved. Thus, whether you just got divorced or have been for several years, it is important that the child custody arrangement you agree to considers your wants and desire during the holidays.

How can a child custody agreement reflect your holiday needs? The first thing a parent must do is to assess what matters most to them. Do you have a specific holiday tradition that means a lot to you and you desire to continue it in your child's life? If that is the case, voice that opinion but also be open to hear the same from your ex as well.

With that, it is also imperative to be open to the idea of compromising. You cannot get everything you want, so it is vital to focus on the most important aspects of the agreement. This might mean sharing both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day or taking one of the two days. And no matter which arrangement you choose, parents must set of a parenting schedule. This means scheduling when drop offs and pick-ups will occur and if there as set times for when specific holiday events will occur.

And if you cannot maintain all of your traditions with you child, it might be the time to become more creative with your time with your child or children. Additionally, it could also be a time to create new holiday traditions as this could increase the positivity and joy for the child.

It is never easy giving up time with your child; however, many divorced parents must face and overcome this obstacle. The holiday season can make this experience even more challenging; however, parents have the ability to navigate and resolve these issues if they take the time to understand their rights and legal options.

Source: The spruce.com, "8 Holiday Tips for Parents Who Share Custody," Jennifer Wolf, Nov. 20, 2017

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