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Christmas and Custody

Divorce and the Holidays2.jpgAre you in a contentious Divorce or Custody battle and dreading Christmas? Are you and your soon to be ex already fighting over who the children will spend time with over Christmas?

If there is one thing judges hate are last minute "emergency motions" in Custody Cases over who gets the kids on Christmas Day. 

If you and your soon to be ex are already fighting over who will spend time with the kids over Christmas, this blog offers 5 tips to help get the kids the quality time over the holidays that they deserve wtih both parents.

1. Try to talk as soon as possible with your soon to be ex about an arrangement say splitting Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

2. If that is not possible, get in touch with your lawyer sooner rather than later.

3. Ask him or her to write a letter to opposing counsel with a proposed plan.

4. If the other side does not respond in 7 days, bring the matter before the court.

5. Keep in mind though that splitting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is not the only option. Think outside the box. Maybe you had Thanksgiving this year so you give your soon to be ex Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year but you take the entire second week including New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with the children.

Start talking now! Remember Christmas is for the kids. Don't make it a living nightmare for them due to last minute haggling and arguing. You can make it work if you take the high road and your kids will notice!

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