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Negotiating custody over the holiday season

The holidays are drawing near, and before you know it, end-of-year festivities will fully surround you. What should be a time of joy and sharing, however, can easily become stressful and frustrating. Naturally, you want to spend the holidays with your children, but this can be difficult if your ex is uncooperative in negotiating custody during this time of the year.

According to the National Parents Organization, fathers often face judicial bias that makes it exceptionally difficult to get a fair custody arrangement. This is just one reason it may be wise to invest in legal counsel. In the meantime, keep the following tips in mind when it comes to holiday custody issues.

Have two holidays

The easiest way to resolve a custody dispute during holidays is to simply have the holidays twice. Your ex might celebrate Christmas with the kids on the 24th, for example, while you have your celebration on the 25th. Alternately, your children may just spend half of the holiday with one parent — the morning and afternoon — and the rest of the holiday with the other parent — the evening and night.

Agree on fixed holidays

For the sake of convenience and consistency, you might opt to simply agree on a fixed holiday schedule each year. You might agree to celebrate Christmas each year with the kids and agree that your ex celebrates Thanksgiving with them. This eliminates any of the guesswork and contention that might complicate holiday custody, but it also requires the sacrifice of missing out on certain holidays.

Swap holidays annually

If you worry about missing holidays but want the convenience of a predetermined schedule, you and your ex may find an annually alternating itinerary to be beneficial. Under this custody arrangement, you would spend certain holidays with your kids while your ex would get others. The next year, however, you would swap schedules so that you get the holidays you missed the prior year.

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