The time leading up to the late fall and winter holidays can be stressful for everyone, but it is especially challenging for Georgia parents who share custody. Co-parenting during the holidays means giving up time with one’s children so they’re able to spend time with the other parent. For some former couples, deciding where the children will spend holidays can cause disagreements. A solid co-parenting plan and custody schedule can prevent issues and help reduce stress during the holiday season.
Plan for holidays
When creating a custody schedule, it’s important that both parties are on the same page when it comes to where the kids will be for each holiday. Some parents choose to alternate years so neither parent misses out on spending time with their children more than one year in a row. An alternative is to split holidays, allowing the children to see each parent on holidays.
In some cases, one parent may put more importance on one holiday than the other parent, which can lead to a custody arrangement with fixed holidays. For those with large families or a lot of traveling, it may be best to celebrate the holiday twice, where children spend time with each parent in the time before or after the holiday. No matter the arrangement, it’s important for parents to understand that custody agreements should outline a schedule that benefits the children most.
Seek advice when creating a co-parenting plan
Co-parenting comes with many challenges. Both parties understandably want to spend special events and holidays with their children, which is why it’s important to compromise. Georgia parents who are tasked with creating a custody schedule can benefit from working with an attorney who has experience in family law.