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Getting through the holidays after a divorce

The holiday season is once again on the horizon. Ordinarily, this is a time of parties, family gatherings and presents. For Kentucky parents who are entering the holidays for the first time after a divorce, it could take some work and adjustments to make the season enjoyable, especially for the children.

When Kentucky couples negotiated their parenting plans, they more than likely accounted for the holidays. Now would be a good time for them to review what they agreed to and make sure that it remains feasible. It may be necessary to tweak those arrangements because the reality may not exactly fit. The sooner any discrepancies are addressed and adjustments are made, the more pleasant the holiday season could be for everyone.

This is also the time of year when keeping the children's best interests in mind may present more of a challenge. For instance, if a child asks to buy presents for the other parent and his or her new partner, handling that situation may require some delicacy. In addition, the first holidays without the children can be difficult for many parents. Once each parent knows when the children will be with the other parent, he or she can makes plans for those times.

Depending on the arrangements made during the divorce, the parents may be able to focus on making new traditions for the holidays and even enjoying them. However, if disagreements or issues with a parenting plan arise, figuring that out in advance could still allow the holidays to be saved. Addressing any issues right away may mean discussing the matter with an attorney to help determine the best course of action to resolve any issues.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce and the Holidays", Debbie Martinez, Nov. 6, 2017

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