'Tis the season for getting along for the children's sake

Let's face it, while the intent of the holidays is for people to get together and joyously celebrate, this time of year can be extremely stressful. And sadly, it is also a time where family conflicts can bubble to the surface, causing conflicts and hard feelings. And this can be especially true in families of divorce.

Hopefully, if you are a divorced parent, you and your ex-spouse can find the means by which to peacefully co-exist whenever you must cross paths. The holidays can become very unpleasant for all involved, particularly the children when parents squabble.

But what if you know that you and your ex are almost certain to have some problems, especially when it comes to sharing time with the children? Well, there is likely only so much you can do to sway your ex's behavior, but there are some things you can do to help yourself and your children enjoy the holiday season.

One of the best pieces of advice you can heed is to simply "get into the holiday spirit!" Sure it is a cliche, but taking a goodwill-to-all approach can help elevate the family's mood and buttress you from some of the disappointment you may be feeling if things aren't going the way you hoped. And after all, forgiveness and appreciation of the things you still have is part of what the holidays are all about.

At the same time, there are things to which you have a right. For instance, your parenting plan should have specific guidelines for visitation during the holidays, and your ex should adhere to these terms. This means if it is your year to have the children for Christmas, then that is what should happen.

But if your ex has been flouting the conditions of your child custody agreement, you may wish to speak with a knowledgeable family law attorney. An attorney can advise you on the best way to have the situation corrected, which may include taking decisive legal action.

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