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Tips for low-stress, post-divorce holidays

If you ask parents what they love most about the holidays, many will likely say they enjoy spending some down time with their children. You might be among those who also say that even though they love the holidays, it tends to be a stressful, busy time of year. If you recently divorced, this holiday season may challenge you in more ways than one; after all, you and your kids will be adapting to your new routines.

Parenting plan terms should provide stability for the kids

Trying to help your child adjust to having their parents split up is difficult. You have to think carefully about what your kids can handle right now. They are probably dealing with a lot of emotions now. These might be more intense than what you realize because children, especially young ones, might have trouble expressing these.

What is a primary caretaker?

When determining who gets custody of the children, the role of the primary caretaker may factor in. Sometimes, this person gets preference over the other parent, seeing as how they have been more involved with the children before the divorce. While both parents often do still get access to the children, the court understands that it may be in the children's best interests to still get the same level of care they have grown accustomed to.

Tips for creating a healthy parenting relationship

Your children have grown up knowing only what it is like to have their parents in a relationship. If things don't work out and you end the marriage, you might find that the kids have trouble handling this major change. It is easy to understand why, but it can be more difficult to find ways to help them adjust.

Is your child support or custody plan no longer feasible?

When you divorce and a court issues an order regarding child custody and support, you and your ex are legally obligated to adhere to its terms. If you are paying child support, you are responsible for making every payment on time as well as adhering to the rest of the terms the court issued in your co-parenting plan. Does this mean, however, that everything is set in stone and you can never change the way you do things?

Child custody modifications can be achieved through teamwork

As you make decisions about child custody for your kids, you have to ensure that you are thinking about their best interests. These will change as they grow, which means that you might have to change the child custody order as the kids get older. While this might seem like a hassle, it insures that they are getting what they need. We are here to help you find solutions to issues that creep up, even when you need something that is more creative than the standard arrangements.

Child care plans for the holidays need to be made now

Children who are in school have some breaks coming up that parents need to think about. If your children will need child care during these, you should likely start making plans for this now. This is especially true if you are divorced since you will have to take the child custody schedule into account.

Plan for the first holiday season after your divorce

With the winter holidays coming up fast, some newly single parents might find themselves nervous about what's to come. The first holiday season after divorce is usually filled with a wide of emotions. Knowing what to expect and making a plan for things that are occurring might help you to feel more in control and better able to cope.

Custody schedules usually change when a child is a teenager

When your children are young, you were able to make all the decisions about them. Once you have teens, things get a bit more complex. Teens typically have their own schedules. They are learning how to become productive adults and have to be given the freedom to make some of their decisions on their own. This is complicated a bit when you have a child custody agreement in place.