The holidays should be a fun time for you and your children. But, you may find navigating the holidays difficult when you’re going through a divorce or are divorced. The reason being, you have to deal with your ex-husband during this celebratory time.

Here are some tips to make the holidays more enjoyable and less stressful for you and your children.

1. Your Children's Happiness

Keep your children’s happiness at the forefront of your mind. Make sure to emphasize quality time with your children and not let your ex-husband get under your skin.

2. Holiday Planning Inclusion 

Make your children part of the holiday planning.  Ask them what fun events they want to take part in during the holidays. Do they want to see Santa or ice skate or attend other holiday events and activities? Your children should have fun picking the fun events they want to participate in. However, make sure you do not ask your children who they want to spend time with, you or your husband. Instead, make it about fun for them.

3.  Keep Your Anger At Bay

Do not let your children see that you are angry or frustrated with your ex-husband, even if he is being difficult. That is for you and your ex to resolve, not for the children to stress about.

4. New Holiday Traditions

Keep or start new holiday traditions. This will give your children something to look forward to every year. Keep it fun!

5. Get To Know The Child Custody Arrangements

Review your child custody agreement so you know exactly what the holiday custody schedule is. You want to be familiar with the custody schedule so you know what is expected from you and what you should expect from your ex-husband.

6. Find Happiness and Enjoy The Holidays

Do something nice for yourself!!! You need to be happy and enjoy the holidays yourself. Have fun!!!

Contact Our Marin County Divorce Attorneys Today If You Have Questions

If you have child custody or divorce questions, please do not hesitate to give our office a call.  If you would like further advice on navigating the holidays while going through a divorce in Marin County or post-divorce at 415.635.0411.

Paul Nathan
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Marin County California Divorce, Child Support and Custody Lawyer Representing Women Exclusively