Divorce can make many aspects of family life difficult, particularly when there are children involved. From school to holidays to bouncing back and forth between houses, divorce can be not only challenging but also hard for young children to understand. Thankfully, creating a comprehensive visitation schedule for both parties can help make the holiday season easier for both families and their children.
A Key to Successful Co-Parenting
One of the most important features of a successful co-parenting relationship is having a plan. Establishing a schedule and sticking to it can go a long way for kids. During such a milestone life event, uncertainty is a huge obstacle. Children thrive when their lives have more structure, and that is never more important than after a divorce. Structure reestablishes a routine and sets expectations right away, which can lead to children feeling more secure, which is a feeling often in short supply during this time.
Navigating Divorce During the Holidays
Structure being a key ingredient to successful co-parenting is especially true during the holidays. Many parents, for example, iron out their scheduling concerns before the holiday season arrives. Creating a schedule that works for both parties and following it establishes clear expectations for children who can then focus on enjoying time with both families.
At Williams Litigation, we aim to help families learn more about divorce and family law. Our team is committed to helping Broward County families navigate the divorce process. We understand that this time can seem very challenging, but our team of legal experts and litigators is here to support you.
3 Strategies for Holiday Visitation
To support you and your family this holiday season, we've compiled a few tips about scheduling a fun, happy holiday for you and your kids. We understand that navigating the busy holiday season can be stressful, but our team is here to help every step of the way. Here are three strategies we recommend to make this holiday season easier on you and your family:
1) Plan Ahead
Planning is a key to most things in life, divorce included. Making a detailed schedule well in advance can be the difference between a peaceful and stressful holiday season.
At Williams Litigation, we recommend scheduling your holidays several months in advance, so you and your ex-spouse can negotiate the finer details ahead of time. By planning ahead, you can sort everything out before the holidays arrive and avoid interfering with what should be a time to focus on creating happy memories for your children.
Another reason this is so important is that many couples struggle to agree on which holidays each person gets with their children, which can lead to stress and potential conflict. By sorting out these arrangements in advance, both families can focus on having a peaceful and happy holiday.
2) Double Up Your Holidays
For some families, doubling up on holidays works better than assigning them exclusively to one parent or the other. Instead of arguing over which parent sees their child on which day, it might be better to have children spend part of their day with one parent and the rest with the other.
This type of planning can also benefit the children. Doubling up means children spend time with both parents. As an added benefit, children can experience two celebrations in one day. During the holidays, children can miss one of their parents, but by doubling up, children can spend that special day with both parents.
In addition, doubling up on the holidays can help create a more positive relationship between both parents during the divorce process, as both get to spend the holidays with their children. By spreading all holidays evenly, parents are limiting the chance for animosity and in-fighting, especially around the children.
3) Let Us Help
If you cannot negotiate with your ex, it might be best to seek outside help. Williams Litigation is here to take the hassle out of your holidays while helping families negotiate visitation times and schedules efficiently.
We understand that the holiday season is often stressful, so we work hard to bring legal expertise to every case. Our team knows that on many occasions, a partner or ex does not want to negotiate holiday visitation time, which can result in conflict and a less than joyful experience for the children who may get caught in the middle.
Instead of waiting on your ex, consult with our team to learn more about your rights as a parent and ways to navigate these challenging times. With legal help and representation, you can get the quality time you want with your child without all the holiday hassle.
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Williams Litigation Group is a law firm located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Our team is skilled in Florida and South Florida law, which has helped us establish positive, collaborative relationships with our clients. Williams Litigation Group would be happy to represent you and your family in any legal situation. For more information about Family Law or divorce, give us a call at 954-761-9131 or reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.