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It is not too soon to address child custody and the holidays

Now that Halloween is over, parents in Gig Harbor may be gearing up for the next set of holidays -- Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, planning for these events can be complicated if parents are divorced. Is it too soon for divorced parents to revisit their holiday parenting plan schedules? Perhaps not.

Even though it may seem like these holidays are far away, it can help for divorced parents to address any child custody concerns they may have sooner rather than later. For example, if a parent needs to take their case to court, it is important to remember that such things take time. A parent may have to have an attorney draft the appropriate paperwork, serve the other parent with the paperwork, give them the chance to respond and then go before a judge. All of this takes time, meaning it is a good idea to be proactive and address such issues well ahead of the holidays.

In addition, if parents are interested in settling their child custody concerns through out-of-court negotiations, it can help to make sure such meetings do not take place too close to the actual holidays. After all, if a parent waits too long and feels rushed into the negotiation process, that parent may act in desperation. In addition, if holiday visitation schedules are ironed out before the actual holidays begin, it may help parents reach a fair compromise. For example, perhaps one parent will have the child over Thanksgiving while the other parent has the child over Christmas.

As this shows, divorced parents have a lot to think about when it comes to holidays and their parenting plans. In the end, it is important to remember that children should feel loved and secure at all times of the year. It may be in the best interests of the child for parents to create an appropriate holiday child custody schedule, so that the child and the parents know what to expect.

Source: DivorcedMoms.com, "5 Reasons To Get a Jump On Your Holiday Parenting Schedule," Karen Covy, Oct. 9, 2015

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