Coparenting during the holidays

If you are going through or have recently gone through a divorce and have children, you know that this will change your holiday traditions. Child custody can cause significant strain among parents, and this is particularly true around the holidays. If you’re a Colorado resident, here are some tips to remember during this time of the year.

Determining custody over the holidays

If you already have a divorce agreement to determine child custody, refer to the agreement when you need a reminder about which parent will have the children during the holidays and for how long. If you’re still going through divorce or separation, you’ll have to work with your ex to determine pick-up and drop-off points. It’s also a good idea to have travel itineraries for the children and parents if your kids will be going out of town for the holidays.

Dividing the time evenly

When it comes to child custody and parenting time, dividing the holidays between you and your ex is often the most reasonable option. For instance, if you have the kids for Thanksgiving, your ex will take the children for the winter holidays, or vice-versa.

You may be more flexible depending on your family dynamic. For instance, if your ex has the kids for New Year’s Eve, you’ll have the children on New Year’s Day. Or, you can allow your children to spend half the day at your house for Thanksgiving and the other half at your ex’s. This allows your children to see both sets of grandparents if you and your ex live close to each other.

What’s most important is that your children are happy with the arrangement. You want them to be able to spend quality time with both parents.