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Holiday co-parenting after divorce

When parents in California divorce, issues surrounding the children are often a matter of concern. Parents are usually required to work together to co-parent their kids, and this kind of collaboration can be particularly difficult over the holidays.

Holiday celebrations are often connected to family gatherings and traditions. Since children are often out of school during the winter holidays, parents may look forward to spending extended time with their children.

Unfortunately, schedule conflicts can lead to tension between parents, something that can have a negative impact on the children. If the holidays bring about a rise in tension between parents or even extended families, children may eventually find themselves resenting holidays entirely.

One way to avoid holiday scheduling issues is to develop a parenting plan that outlines holiday visitation schedules. Parents may choose to alternate years during which they have extended time with the children over the winter holidays, or they may be more specific depending on family plans. For example, one parent may have the kids on Christmas Eve while the other celebrates with the children on Christmas Day.

Another consideration is that of gift-giving. Parents should avoid using gift-giving as a way to manipulate or gain favor with a child. Ideally, both parents should discuss their plans for gift buying and make sure that one parent isn't "outdoing" the other with disproportionately expensive gifts.

Parents who are considering divorce, or who are already divorced and have concerns about their current parenting agreement, may benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney. The lawyer may review the client's case and make recommendations regarding issues such as child custody, support and parenting plans.

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