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Managing special days when getting a divorce

After one family home splits into two, parents and children are tasked with celebrating special occasions and holidays in the context of a new family dynamic. Parents and children alike may be experiencing stress about the upcoming holiday schedule and both parents may worry about how to meaningfully celebrate a holiday with their children outside of their normal routine.

Pennsylvania parents in the midst of a separation or divorce use a variety of tools to handle these moments successfully. The most successful parents look to place the needs of their children first, which often requires advanced planning and communication between both parents.

When it comes to a holiday or birthday, parents who coordinate party plans and gift ideas often ensure that kids can see extended family and enjoy most of their usual traditions. Communication is also crucial in allowing each parent to establish new traditions with their child.  

No matter the occasion being celebrated, children will follow their parents' lead in how they approach any new and uncertain experience. If you and your former spouse are able to effectively map out a holiday plan that centers around your child, you will minimize the stress your child experiences surrounding that day. If you are unable to reach an agreement on your own, you should seek the guidance of a family law attorney in order to ensure that the needs and best interest of your children are served during the holiday season.

Source: longislandpress.com, "How To Handle The Holidays When Faced With Divorce or Separation", Allison Davis, Dec. 3, 2017

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