Child Custody and the Holidays: How to Cope

Like everyone, a divorce lawyer wishes for peaceful holidays. Unfortunately, anyone who has worked as a divorce lawyer knows how rarely this happens. That is especially true where child custody is concerned.

The Key to Peaceful Holiday Child Custody

A divorce lawyer knows that the key to happier holidays is a well thought out custody agreement. Ideally, any custody agreement would spell out how the holidays will be handled. As a divorce lawyer, it’s my job to come up with creative, often one-of-a-kind custody schedules for the holidays. It requires time, patience and negotiation at the time of drafting, but as much of a headache as it can be, these agreements save years of pain and frustration.

Handling the Tough Custody Questions

Father with children working on laptop computer at home

The holidays are special, and every parent deserves to spend some of that time with their children. It’s important to understand that the holiday schedule supersedes the normal schedule that prevails for the rest of the year. If you don’t have a holiday custody arrangement already in place, consider contacting a divorce lawyer to have one drawn up. Even when ex-spouses generally have an amicable relationship, the discussion about where the kids will spend the holidays can be heated, and it’s beneficial if each party is represented by a divorce lawyer to mediate the proceedings.

As a divorce lawyer, I’ve seen many holiday custody arrangements that work when they are divided according to even or odd years. For instance, the mother has the child on Christmas Eve in even years and on Christmas Day in odd years. Some arrangements are very precise, specifying not just the date, but the allowed hours. In the above scenario, the mother may have the child on Christmas Eve until 9:00 pm. Some custody arrangements even detail whether the mother will drop the child off with the father or if the father will pick the child up.

Holiday Help from a Divorce Lawyer

A divorce lawyer can help you craft a holiday custody agreement that works for your family. Call today to schedule a consultation. Matthew J. O’Connor has been recognized as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the U.S and he can help to make sure you’re protected. 


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