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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.

Start making holiday plans for child custody now

The holiday season is fast approaching. There are fewer than 100 days to Christmas. Even before then, you have to think about Halloween and Thanksgiving. All of these holidays are difficult enough to plan for, but when you have a child custody arrangement, they can be even more challenging. We know that you don't want to have to deal with holiday stress, so you should think about reviewing the plans for the season now.

Divorcing with toddlers requires special attention

Toddlers have some very unique needs because they aren't babies any longer and are working on figuring out how to navigate in the world. This is a time when they are often clingy with their parents and need to have consistency. When their parents are in the midst of a divorce, this might be hard for the tots to handle.

Babies have unique child custody needs for parents to consider

Parenting an infant is a challenge. When you and the other parent aren't together any longer, there is an added difficulty in the situation – child custody. We know that this is a frightening time because you might not be able to handle the thought of your baby not being in your care.

Contentious child custody cases might need the court's help

Throughout your child's life at home, decisions will have to be made for everything from where the child will go to school to what type of schedule they need. All of these are usually made by the parents, but this might not be easy to determine if you and your child's other parent aren't together any longer. This is when a solid parenting plan might be helpful.

Modifying parenting plans can help ensure a child's needs are met

Child custody modifications can help parents to ensure that their child's needs are being met even though the adults aren't together any longer. When the parents first split, they come up with a parenting plan but this plan takes the child's current needs and schedule into account. As the child grows older, there might be a need to change things up.