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A guide to child custody and the holidays

While the holidays are a hot topic for Maple Grove families, so is respecting a child custody plan during the holidays. Whether parents are recently divorced or are living apart, it is important to approach the child custody situation the correct way in order to benefit all parties involved. The best interests of the child are at the heart of the matter. Since the holidays can pose special planning and observance challenges, it is important to prepare for it to avoid potential pitfalls and disputes.

This is especially true if it is one of the first holidays observed with a child custody arrangement. Joint custody arrangements can sometimes be the toughest to navigate during this time.

Since holidays occur on limited days, it is expected that both parents will want to spend quality time with their child. This is where it is important to have a child custody arrangement that is clear and fair for both parties and causes the least amount of stress on the child's living environment.

Parents can work together in order to accomplish such an arrangement. Understanding the rules of this arrangement can mean all the difference to a stress-free holiday. Putting the child first can also be a great strategy during times of the holiday. Listen to their needs during this time and adjust accordingly.

Adjustments can include new holiday traditions that better fit your new family situation. Sometimes welcoming new and fun activities can help transition the child and parent into a new family life. Change is good and should be embraced.

The holidays can seem daunting with a new child custody arrangement but creating an arrangement that suit a parent's and child's needs are possible. Those struggling with this or other family law issues should understand what options are available to them so he or she can resolve these problems.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "4 tips how to co-parent your first holidays after divorce," December 28, 2015

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