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Managing the holidays with children after divorce

Some Texas parents who are going through a divorce may find the holidays particularly difficult. There are a number of things parents can consider to make this time easier for them and their children.

Parents should think about a mix of keeping old traditions and creating new ones. For example, if children always spend the beginning of the holiday with their father's or mother's family, it might be best to maintain that. This could help them adjust. Parents might be able to work out a plan so that children get to spend part of the holiday with each parent.

Another consideration is what the children want to do. There might be extended family members they only get to see during the holidays, and it could be disappointing to them if this part of the holiday tradition is changed. Parents should also think about the feelings of the other parent. Parents should put themselves in one another's place when considering the holiday schedule. They may not want to give up any part of holiday time with their children, but not having any time at all can be particularly hard. Cooperation is important because parents will have many years of co-parenting ahead.

Working out what to do about child custody and visitation may be the most difficult of all divorce matters to agree upon because it is such an emotional topic. Both parents may struggle with the idea of seeing less of their children. However, parents should stay focused on the best interests of their children. This is the criteria a judge uses to decide on custody and visitation, but parents may also be able to negotiate this agreement with their attorneys.

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