October 23, 2020 | Share
Holidays and Child Custody: Considerations for Divorcing Parents in Texas
With everything else going on in 2020, it is easy to overlook the fact that the holiday season is upon us. But, while this holiday season will be unlike any other, it is still important for families to take time to give thanks, celebrate together and do their best to get some much-needed rest and relaxation.
For parents who are contemplating a divorce, the holiday season can bring some important considerations into sharp focus: Once your marriage is over, how will your children spend their holidays? How can you continue to make lasting memories, and how can you make sure that disagreements with your former spouse do not get in the way?
These are all very valid questions, and they are all questions that should be addressed during the divorce process. As you begin thinking about what you want, here are some initial tips from our McKinney divorce lawyers:
Tip #1: Understand What Getting Divorced Means in Terms of Parenting Time
First, it is important to understand what getting divorced will mean for your relationship with your children. Unless the circumstances of your divorce are such that it is in your children’s best interests for you to have full custody, you and your children’s other parent will be splitting parenting time after your divorce.
However, there are several different ways to structure your post-divorce parenting time, and you can address holidays separately from your weekly parenting time schedule. So, while you will need to make compromises, you will be able to do so with a clear understanding of which holidays (or how much of each holiday) you will be able to spend with your children.
Tip #2: Consider Possible Solutions with an Open Mind
These days, parents who are willing to work together have a lot of flexibility when it comes to structuring their post-divorce parenting time. The guiding principle is the preservation of the children’s “best interests,” but there are no hard-and-fast rules about what is best in any particular scenario.
With this in mind, when approaching holiday parenting time during your divorce, you should consider possible solutions with an open mind. You and your spouse will both need to compromise; and, with a flexible and creative approach, you will likely be able to find a solution that works for both of you.
Tip #3: Prioritize Your Post-Divorce Holiday Goals
Finally, in order to make informed decisions during your divorce, it will be important for you to prioritize your post-divorce holiday goals. Are there specific holidays that you would like to spend with your children each year? Are you open to spending time with your children the day before or the day after? By honestly assessing what matters most, you can formulate a plan that will help you achieve your goals to the fullest extent possible.
Contact the McKinney Divorce Lawyers at Nordhaus & Nordhaus, PC
If you are contemplating a divorce and would like more information about how post-divorce parenting time works in Texas, we invite you to speak with one of our McKinney divorce lawyers. To arrange a free and confidential consultation at your convenience, please call 214-726-1450 or contact us online today.
Categories: Family Law & Divorce