Fried and Fried, P.A.
Consult With An Attorney
Toll free: 888-831-2597
|
Local: 239-243-9287

Navigating the holidays as a divorced parent

As the holiday season gets underway, recently divorced parents may have some tough decisions ahead - most importantly, determining who gets the kids for the holidays.

In some respects, Florida laws have already anticipated this important and often contentious issue. In Florida, custody and visitation have been replaced by "timesharing" and "parenting plans," inclusive terms that aim to give children equal access to both parents. This means that most divorced parents share parenting time equally, including important holidays like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.

You should have worked out a plan for sharing the holidays as part of your parenting plan negotiations. A common compromise is to divide holidays by even and odd years, for example. Even if this is part of your plan, you should:

  • Review your parenting plan to ensure you and your co-parent are on the same page. You may have finalized this plan months ago. Reminding yourself of what was decided and checking in with your co-parent can go a long way to preventing unnecessary fights in the next few weeks.
  • Talk to your co-parent about your holiday plans now. Communication is key to successful co-parenting after divorce. By making a plan now, you can avoid adding stress to a typically already-stressful time the week before your child's winter vacation.

What if we disagree about the holiday schedule?

It happens - one parent has new plans for the holidays and would like to have the children for a special event not anticipated by your parenting plan. If you cannot come to an agreement on your own, you may want to enlist the help of a parenting coordinator.

A parenting coordinator's job is to provide education, facilitate discussion and ultimately help parents work out mutually acceptable resolutions post-divorce within the parameters of their parenting plan. In Fort Myers, you can contact Family Court Services of the 20th Judicial Circuit Court to enlist the help of a parenting coordinator to determine how to resolve disputes about holiday timesharing.

Putting your kids' needs first

Ultimately, you want what's best for your children. That usually means having parents who can work together, if even if they no longer live together. Our family law firm keeps your children's best interests at the heart of everything we do. Learn more by visiting our website.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact us

Fried and Fried, P.A.
2524 First Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Toll Free: 888-831-2597
Phone: 239-243-9287
Fax: 239-337-4693
Fort Myers Law Office Map

Fried and Fried, P.A. Map
Review us

Contact Us For A Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response