Holidays are significant for families, especially those with young children who look forward to making magical memories.
However, if you are going through a separation or divorce, you may be wondering how your family will navigate the upcoming holiday season.
Coparenting during the holidays
Your ability to choose an effective holiday parenting plan for your children largely depends on your co-parenting relationship with their other parent. If you and your ex live close to each other and can be cordial in front of the kids, then you have more options available for planning out your holiday calendars. Additional factors you will need to work around may include school breaks, work schedules and your children’s wishes.
Scheduling tips for equal time
As co-parents, you owe it to your children to make their lives as stable and comfortable as possible. Most of the time, it is in their best interest to bond closely with each of their parents. To make the best plan for your family, there are several ways you and your ex can approach your holiday parenting schedule:
- Deviate from the agreed-upon visitation schedule for holidays
- Alternate holidays and reverse the schedule annually
- Split the day in half so the children spend time with both parents
- Observe holidays twice so each parent can participate in traditions with the children
- Assign holidays based on importance to each parent
- Spend holidays together
Spending a holiday without your children can be tough. Do your part to learn about your rights in the Colorado family courts, and be willing to advocate for those magical bonding moments in their lives.