The holidays can be challenging for New Jersey parents who share custody of their children. While many plans detail how parenting time will work during the holidays, sometimes parents may want to adjust that schedule based on family celebrations and other events. This may work in situations where the relationship between the parents is amicable, but making last-minute schedule changes can also be stressful. When possible, parents should review the holiday schedule ahead of time to be sure they are both on the same page.
Adapting to shared custody during the holidays
The first holiday season after a marriage breakup can be very difficult for children. Spending time apart from one parent during such a family-oriented time of year can be a hard adjustment for kids. It’s helpful if parents communicate and keep the kids in a routine that is like their normal schedule when possible.
If parents need to discuss holiday plans, it’s best to meet in a neutral location weeks before holiday events to discuss plans and be sure that both parents have the same expectations for co-parenting during the holidays. The most important thing to remember is that children need normalcy and stability, especially during life changes after their parents’ divorce. Both parties should focus on creating happy memories for the kids, even if the co-parenting schedule is inconvenient.
Legal assistance for custody disputes
Even with a sound custody arrangement in place, disputes can happen, especially around the holidays. If someone has an issue with a former spouse relating to a custody dispute, it’s best to seek legal advice from an experienced family law attorney. These matters can get heated but having someone with knowledge of New Jersey’s child custody laws can help a parent know their rights.