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Santa and Divorce

Divorce and the Holidays2.jpgDivorce and the Holidays.

Are you in a contentious divorce and you and your soon to be ex are already fighting over who the children will spend time with over Christmas?

If there is one thing judges hate with divorce and the holidays are last minute "emergency motions" over who gets the kids on Christmas Day.

Here are 5 tips to get your children the quality time they deserve with both parents.

1. Try to talk directly with the other parent about an arrangement say splitting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

2. If talking directly is not possible, get in touch with your lawyer now! Ask him or her to write a letter to opposing counsel with a proposed plan.

3. If the other side does not respond within 7 days, bring the issue before the Judge now!

4. Keep in mind that splitting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is not the only option. Think outside the box. Maybe you had Thanksgiving this year, so you could give him or her Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning and you take Christmas Afternoon and Evening. If your extended family is out of town and the other parent had Thanksgiving this year, you can request the first week of Winter Break including Christmas and Christmas Day and he or she gets the entire second week of Winter Break including New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

5. Remember Christmas is for the kids. Don't make it a living nightmare for them because of last minute haggling. 

You can make it work if you take the high road and your kids will notice! 

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