While the separation from your ex-spouse has been tricky, the two of you are making a real success of co-parenting so far. Nonetheless, Christmas is approaching, and this brings some unique challenges.
It’s your first Christmas apart, and you both want to make it as normal as possible for the kids. They’ve already had enough disruption in their lives. How can you and your co-parent make Christmas a success this year?
1. Make sure you communicate in advance
It may be just over a week until Christmas day now but that’s still enough time to make sure that your children know what’s going on. Stability is crucial for kids, particularly when they are trying to adjust to life post-divorce.
If for some reason one parent has to be away on Christmas day, it’s better to let them know now rather than have them be disappointed on the day.
2. Look into options for sharing the day
You have numerous options as parents in terms of dividing Christmas day. Some parents like to alternate years. However, this can be problematic as it means that one parent misses out each year.
Something you and your spouse might consider is having a shared Christmas together. This works well if you are still amicable and free from disputes. This way, you can show your kids that despite the separation, you are all still operating as a family unit.
You are entitled to see your children and they must not be kept from you unlawfully. If you have questions about your custodial rights, be sure to seek some legal guidance.