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When parents divorce, they must learn to develop a new normal (yes, we had this before COVID-19), which is especially difficult over the holidays. If this is your first holiday season without your ex-spouse, you may not know exactly how to spend the season. Do you follow the same customs? Do you have distinct celebrations for each event? Do you start new holiday customs? Do you go on vacation to avoid thinking about the holidays?
In truth, each family is unique, so what works for one family could not work for another. This article offers advise for divorced parents, regardless of their status. You should be able to employ some of these post-divorce co-parenting suggestions regardless of your situation!
For Ex-Spouses Who Get Along
Are you one of the lucky parents whose ex-husband or wife gets along with you? If that’s the case, congrats on a “nice divorce.” Even if your divorce was amicable, the first holiday season after the split is never easy. It can be difficult not to reflect about how the holidays used to be if you’re alone on Christmas or sharing Thanksgiving with your single pals, and that’s fine. It will become easier with each passing year.
Our co-parenting advise for parents who get along with their ex is as follows:
When You Don’t Get Along With Your Ex-Spouse
If you don’t get along with your ex, it’ll be critical to follow the court’s instructions regarding child custody and visitation around the holidays. Even if you don’t agree on many subjects, you should try to treat one other with respect around this time of year.
Here’s what we’d say to parents that don’t get along:
When Your Ex-Spouse Is Away for the Holidays
When a marriage divorces, one of the spouses may relocate out of state or simply leave town for the holidays. Perhaps your ex is on his or her honeymoon or is out of town on business for the holidays. You’re on your own with the kids in that situation. Here’s some advice if you’re alone with your kids during the holidays:
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