The holiday season can be especially difficult in a co-parenting situation. The end of the year often comes with changes in schedules, family gatherings and things that may require a bit more flexibility. As a result, it can be emotionally and logistically challenging to make child custody work smoothly during the holidays.
It is likely that one or both Kentucky parents will have to make adjustments to parenting time plans at some point during the holidays. When a change is necessary, it will be better to ask for it instead of demand it. This is a simple way to show mutual respect and diffuse what could be contentious situation. Flexibility is the key to avoiding disputes and making this time of year enjoyable for the whole family.
Traditions are an important part of the holiday season, but they may not work in the way they used to before a divorce. While Kentucky parents may mourn this, they will find it helpful to embrace new traditions that can be just as meaningful. Parents may also want to empower their kids to have a say in what happens. Kids may benefit from being involved in the decisions that will affect them.
The foundation of a smooth co-parenting arrangement is a thoughtful, carefully drafted child custody order. When considering your custody terms, it is helpful to consider how your choices will work long-term. If you are opting to co-parent, you will find it helpful to work with an experienced attorney who can help create an arrangement that will be beneficial for years to come, including during the holiday season.