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Holiday Tips for Recently Divorced Families

The holidays and stress go hand-in-hand; between the gift shopping, family visits, vacation plans, and many other added factors, the challenges may seem endless. If you have just completed a divorce, then you will likely also have a number of new difficulties when it comes to the holidays on your own. The same can be said for your children, who will also be experiencing the holidays with separated parents for the first time, which can be frightening and stressful.

Let’s take a look at a few tips for parents to help their children adapt to the holidays after a divorce.

Keep Your Children First

Your children may be the hardest impacted by a divorce during the holidays because celebrating together as a family may be all they have ever known. So it’s important to keep their needs in mind when making plans for your first holiday season as a separated family. Give your kids a voice and let them weigh in on the plans you and your spouse make; find out what they would like to do or what their favorite traditions are and try to make them happen if they are reasonably possible.

Don’t Compete Over your Children

Sadly, holiday gifts sometimes become a competition between parents for who can guy the most expensive and lavish gift for their children. While they may feel happy to receive something they’ve wanted, the obvious competition between their parents is not lost on them, and in many cases makes them attribute their gift to their family issues.

Instead, work with your spouse and coordinate on gifts. This can help you avoid duplicates, but also set a precedent for how much you wish to spend. Money is usually tight after a divorce, so it’s important to choose gifts that won’t break the bank and still allow you to meet your monthly expenses.

Create a Schedule and Stick To It

One way to relieve some of the stress of the holidays after your divorce is to create a schedule ahead of time, be flexible in doing so, and then sticking to that plan. This can clear up some of the mystery of the holidays for your kids and allow them to become excited in anticipation of what’s ahead rather than anxious at the mystery. Of course, plans can change, but remaining flexible and sticking to your word can go a long way towards helping your children with their first post-divorce holidays.

If you need assistance with a family law matter, be it a divorce, child custody, spousal maintenance, or any other legal need, the skilled Jonesboro family attorneys at Ford & Cook, PLC may be able to help. We understand that laws protect you, which is why we have dedicated our practice to standing by our clients and ensuring that they receive the best possible representation throughout their case.

Call Ford & Cook, PLC today at 870.853.3621 to schedule a consultation for your family law needs!

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