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Divorced parents getting along during the holidays


Families in Massachusetts understand the importance of togetherness and spending quality time with one another. This is especially true during the holiday season. It is not only expected but also desired to carry out holiday traditions. But a divorce or a separation could pose some problems when it comes to continuing family traditions. This could create emotions and disputes regarding who gets to see the children on what day and for how long. As a result, parenting time is often a huge issue and a focal point post-divorce. Fortunately, if it is approached properly, both parties could reach an amicable agreement.

During the holidays, families seek to continue their traditions. Divorce often interferes with that, but a recent article explored the idea of divorced families still coming together to keep these traditions intact. Emotions and disputes are put to the side in order to experience family togetherness while decorating the tree, opening breakfast and enjoying a holiday meal.

It is stereotypical for divorced spouses to remain or become bitter around the holiday season. This is often due to the holiday season creating emotions, which causes reactions such as sadness and anger. However, by changing their mindset and putting their differences to the side, holiday traditions could remain intact long after divorce. Attempting to keep tradition going does not mean that ex's need to get along or be good friends. It is about being civil and putting forth efforts for their children.

By creating a positive and fair environment, everyone involved benefits. For example, arguments about child custody could be avoided because both parents will be spending time with their children.

Although this could be ideal for those who seek to spend quality time with their children during this time of year, this arrangement might not work for everyone. Those who are not able to put their differences aside or avoid conflict, this might not be practical.

Parenting time around the holidays is very important. Whether parents seek to work together and spend time together or apart during the holidays, the best interest of their child should be the focal point. This could also require modifications to the parenting plan if each parent seeks to change their holiday traditions. No matter what they decide, they should do it with the proper knowledge and guidance about their situation.

Source: USA Today, "Ex-spouses can get along - and not just for the holidays," Sharon Jayson, Dec. 23, 2013

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