Most people, including family law attorneys, would agree that divorce is one of the most challenging life events a family will ever face. When the divorce is still ongoing during Christmas or other major holidays, these challenges can increase even more. Some issues that may arise during a holiday divorce include the following:
- Dividing the festivities between each parent
- Making sure the children get equal time with each parent
- How to handle gift-giving for the kids
- Making sure the children have contact with their grandparents
Most parents would prefer to avoid divorcing over the holidays, but sometimes, a divorce takes longer than anticipated. In other cases, perhaps the couple simply could not wait any longer to make the break. Whatever the reason, getting a holiday divorce can and does happen.
As family law attorneys, we recognize that divorcing at sensitive times of the year is sometimes necessary. For Colorado families facing divorce and Christmas simultaneously, we offer the following tips to help your family enjoy the holiday.
- Coordinate with your co-parent to avoid parental competition and giving your kids duplicate gifts
- Work with your co-parent to make a holiday schedule that is fair to all parties
- To avoid complicating your divorce, get attorney advice about what to do and what not to do during the holiday
- Remember to include visiting time with your children's grandparents when creating a Christmas schedule
With the right approach, it is possible to make the holidays fun and family-centered even if you are getting a divorce. Please continue reading our family law webpages for more information about divorcing with children.