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Holidays may cause custody concerns for New York parents

Holiday stress may affect many New York residents for various reasons. For individuals who have recently gone through divorce or are currently going through the process, figuring out the holidays as a single person may be a new venture, especially for parents. It is likely that child custody agreements will have some say in holiday scheduling, but parents could still work to make the most of the season.

For individuals who will be splitting the holidays, creating and sticking to a schedule may be vital. Both parents may want to ensure that they are aware of how custody exchanges will occur and when and where children will be picked up and dropped off in order to spend time with the other parent. Organization could help this endeavor run more smoothly.

Additionally, parents may want to help their children feel more comfortable with the new arrangements. Certainly, children will likely want to spend the holidays with both parents, but it is important to remember that custody terms must be followed. Therefore, if one parent is supposed to have the kids for Christmas, interfering with those plans could cause considerable upset. 

Splitting time with kids during the holidays does not have to mean that the season is no longer as enjoyable as it once was. Individuals can create new traditions and work to make sure that each parent and child has their allotted time together. During divorce, parents may want to address the holidays and work to create a child custody schedule that will allow everyone to feel more at ease. Discussing goals and concerns with experienced attorneys could help interested New York residents work toward the best agreements possible.

Source:, "Ex-etiquette: First holiday after a breakup is rough", Jann Blackstone, Dec. 2, 2016

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