Tis the Season – Navigating Holiday Parenting Time

Co-parenting with your ex-spouse can be challenging, especially during the holidays. The following guidelines will set you up for success in making the holiday parenting schedule for you and your children go smoothly.

Review Your Parenting Plan

Start planning early.  Review your parenting plan to make sure you understand the exact parenting time you have with your children over the holidays.  Do not assume that if you and your co-parent deviated from the plan last year, that will set the precedence for this year.

Communicate your plans to the other parent and notify them of any plans that will affect the care of your children as soon as possible.  Inevitably, emergencies will come up, but planning vacations and other celebrations as far in advance as possible is best for everyone involved.

If your parenting plan does not set forth a detailed plan of how the holidays are split between parents, you should contact Kalamaya | Goscha to assist in working out the holiday parenting for you.

Communicate with the Other Parent

The key to enjoying the holidays with your children when you share the time with the other parent is to communicate effectively with the other parent. Your parenting plan should provide for a communication protocol. If the communication protocol is not working in your parenting plan, there are applications that can assist in communication such as OurFamilyWizard or TalkingParents. You do not have to be best friends with the other parent, but you should keep each other in the loop when it comes to holiday planning, emergency plans, and even gift giving.

Agree on Gift Giving Guidelines

Parents may not agree on what kinds of gifts are appropriate for their children. Parents may not be at the same level financially. It may be helpful to discuss gift ideas and price limitations ahead of time to better manage expectations. If parents are on the same page, the children may be less likely to take sides when it comes to the divorce.

Respect and Adhere to Any Agreed-Upon Parenting Plan

Some parents try to keep their children for more time or constantly switch weekends at the last minute with the other parent. Do your best to respect the parenting plan holiday schedule.

Many parents want to spend as much time as possible with their children during the holidays. That makes coming up with a visitation plan especially difficult. Kalamaya | Goscha can help you come up with a plan that is fair and in the best interest of your children.

To make sure you get to spend quality time with your children, especially during the holiday season contact Kalamaya | Goscha.  Kalamaya | Goscha is a Colorado law firm founded by Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha. The boutique mountain law practice specializes in divorce, child custody, and family law. Kalamaya | Goscha has law offices in Edwards, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Denver & Boulder. To speak to an attorney call (970) 315-2365.

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