The Importance of a Parenting Agreement Over the Holidays
If you have recently separated from or divorced your spouse, the first few holidays are going to be tough, especially if you have children. What if your spouse wants to take the kids out of state over Thanksgiving to celebrate at their grandparent’s house? What if you both want the kids on Christmas morning?
These are things you don’t want to fight about in the midst of normal holiday chaos. Instead, this is where a clear-cut parenting agreement comes in handy. A parenting agreement is a document that you and your ex-spouse should devise as part of your divorce settlement.
The document clearly lays out your custody agreement and how the two of you will parent your children after the divorce. Definitely include holiday custody in this document. Maybe you agree to let your spouse have the kids over Thanksgiving if you get Christmas. Maybe you switch holidays each year, celebrate holidays together, or have two Thanksgivings and two Hanukahs. It doesn’t matter what you decide as long as you both agree.
A clear, well-written parenting agreement can make the holidays a lot more cheerful and less stressful for you, your ex, and your children!
If you need help negotiating and drafting a parenting agreement in Temecula, contact Albrecht & Albrecht.