The holiday season can present a variety of challenges to divorced parents. While you're sure to run into questions and challenges along the way, taking the right steps will help provide your children with good memories.

Here are three tips for sharing your children with your ex this holiday season:

  • Review your parenting plan and visitation schedule: You created this during your divorce, so it's available to guide you during the holidays. For example, your plan may outline where your children are to spend holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Split holidays: When possible, consider if there is a way for you and your ex to split holidays, which allows both of you to spend time with your children. It's not ideal for either parent, but it's often the fair thing to do.
  • Spend the holidays with your children and ex: This isn't always possible, but it's something to consider if it fits into your schedule. You don't have to spend every waking minute of the holiday season with your ex, but partaking in some activities together is worth a consideration.

The holiday season has the potential to cause a variety of challenges in regard to sharing your children with your ex.

Do your best to lean on your parenting plan, as it's likely to provide a basic understanding of what you should and shouldn't be doing.

If your ex continually attempts to complicate things, speak to them about your concerns and then learn more about your legal rights. For example, you may want to request a child custody modification from the court.

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