Having a parenting agreement that determines how winter holidays or holidays, in general, will be split with the kids may be one of the most important aspects of the agreement. There is a particular significance to the winter holidays. It is usually the time of year when families gather, where the biggest gifts are exchanged, and where the best memories are made. Divorce typically results in both parents taking their children on major holidays alternately.
In order to make sure you are getting the most out of your winter holidays and to make it as close to perfect as possible, here are a few tips to help you:
1) Preparation Is Key
It is important to try to resolve holiday parenting time ahead of time with your ex if you do not have a parenting plan. Make sure to give yourself enough time to engage professionals, such as a professional family lawyer or a mediator who can make the right decision for you when needed. Furthermore, keep in mind that most people take time off during this time of year when arranging holiday parenting arrangements. It is best to seek professional assistance if you and your ex cannot come to an agreement.
2) Enjoy The Winter Holidays Together
If you have reached the point where you would like a co-parenting schedule during the holidays, it may be because you are tired of celebrating special occasions alone, who knows? During special occasions or times of the year when another arrangement can’t be made, you may still want to consider co-parenting. It might be worth considering if you are on friendly terms with your ex-wife.
3) Split Up The Special Days
The Special days during winter holidays can be divided into two halves, which is a popular approach among a lot of parents. In essence, the child spends half the day with one parent, and for the rest of the day, the child stays with the other parent. Taking an important day together each year allows both parents and children to spend meaningful Christmas time together. Organizing this takes some planning, as you don’t want to spend a lot of time travelling or having a parent take up more time than the allotted time.
4) Don’t Forget The Kids
A good co-parenting relationship becomes even more important during the holidays. Having hosted Christmas morning with your ex-spouse is not expected of you this first Christmas after divorce, but it might be something you want to work toward. You should keep in mind that splitting holidays can be extremely stressful for kids, so try to keep this in mind when planning Christmas.
You should remember to follow any court orders that specify holidays in order to follow any court order that details holidays. It is important to keep in mind, however, that most court orders contain language that allows you and your ex-spouse the opportunity to change things around if you both agree on the change, so make sure to do that!
5) Enjoy Time With Family During Winter Holidays
There’s no better time than the holidays to lean into your family. When dealing with the aftermath of divorce, healthy family relationships become increasingly important. Take quality time to spend time with your family during your Christmas after your divorce. As you go through the holiday season, keep in mind that your family and friends are your support system.
Contact Hussain Law for Divorce in Ontario
At Hussain Law, we focus on helping our clients navigate major divorce mistakes and financial challenges, especially during the winter holidays. If you have a family law issue or want to prepare for divorce that you need assistance with, please contact Ayesha Hussain for Divorce in Ontario at 647-428-3919.