Holidays and Custody- The Twelve Days of Stress

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Holidays and Custody- The Twelve Days of Stress

by Carolyn Mirabile, Partner and Family Law Attorney at Weber Gallagher

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It’s December and the holidays are in full swing. Parents celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years and children who are on Winter Break need to make plans. First, if you have a custody Agreement or Order you should have read your document and review your plans for the holidays and winter break. Now is a good time to confirm all events in writing so there are no disappointments. If travel is involved make sure tickets have been purchased and the other parent has been notified of the plans. If you do not have a written Agreement in place, think of what the children are most used to doing during the holidays and confirm the plans in writing. Most often the Court is going to reinforce any family traditions which were in place when the parties were together. If it is the first year the children will be going through a separation during the holidays, try to make things as “normal” as possible and remember what might be best for the children may be different then what you want to do for the holidays.