Managing Divorce and Children During the Holidays

Are you managing divorce and children during the holidays? Most newly separated or divorced couples wait until just before Christmas to decide who the child should spend the holiday with. Things can get busy in December with people taking holidays and time off work. It is best to pre-plan to avoid any last minute stress.

If you got divorced and have children, then you will always have your ex-spouse in your life. You need to work together to arrange access times, deal with issues with the child, and go to parent/teacher nights. When the child gets married, graduates or has a child of their own, you and your spouse both will likely be there.

There is very little you can do about that. But you can make decisions based on the best interests of the child. The child’s needs and wants are almost always the priority to the parents. Family law courts almost always care more about the child than the parents.

Read more: The Best Interests Of The Children

Here are some things to consider according to what the law says regarding the best interests of a child:

  • Ensure the greatest possible protection of the child’s physical, psychological and emotional safety
  • Consider the child’s physical, psychological and emotional needs, including the child’s need for stability
  • Be aware of any family violence, including its impact on the safety of the child and other family and household members
  • The parents must communicate and cooperate on issues affecting the child

Managing Divorce and Children During the Holidays

Managing Divorce and Children During the Holidays

The holidays are often a hard time for people with broken families. Often parents want the child to have a “magical” Christmas, with snow falling outside to a warm fire. When the child is split between two houses, this dream is often a fantasy. Instead, pre planning is the best way to go to make things as good as possible.

If you have questions about managing divorce and children during the holidays or planning child access, please contact our Toronto family law firm:

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Try and have the best holidays possible!