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Texas divorce and planning for custody during the holidays

Monday, December 11, 2017

Not all Texas families have been lucky enough to escape the awkwardness that the holidays can bring, especially after a family member divorces. While many movies portray the holidays as a warm and fuzzy time, the reality is less Hollywood. Couples who have gone through a Texas divorce may start arguing over child custody and other issues related to holiday visitation times. The holidays are already stressful without the added problems of a Texas divorce. So how do you deal with them?

First and foremost, it is highly likely the custody agreement already addresses holiday visitation. The agreement will often address the dates the other parent has the child and offer instructions on what to do, but sometimes even when a custody agreement is black and white, the parents may be unable to come to an agreement. When this happens parents may be able to go through the mediation process. Doing so can bring in an unbiased party who can help the parents see both sides of the issue. Often this may be the only thing needed to help parents come to an agreement that will satisfy both parties.

If mediation proves unsuccessful, parents can also seek the intervention of the courts. Doing so can help the parties come to a custody agreement that may be better suited for their unique situation. Custody is not a one size fits all issue and different families may need different concessions in order to make their situation work.

A Texas divorce is never easy for anyone involved and could make a holiday dinner very awkward. Planning in advance and communicating with the other party is a way to ensure everyone is happy, especially the child. Being flexible and communicative could help parents reduce the stress of an already stressful time of year, but for families unable to communicate, mediation could be a helpful process. Sometimes when a problem is examined through the eyes of a third party, it enables parents to see both sides of the story. When this is ineffective, parents can also seek court intervention if necessary.

Source: The Washington Times Communities, "Divorced families can still enjoy happy holidays with a little planning," Myra Fleischer, Nov. 21, 2012

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