Divorce Tips during the Holidays

Dec 11, 2020

The holiday season is especially hard on people who have been recently divorced. It will take some reflection, planning, and good will, but you can get through it with your sanity and dignity intact. If you have children, you will need to come up with a plan that allows you and your ex to share time with them over the holidays. Your divorce attorney in Brooklyn should help you formulate and finalize this arrangement. 

The thought of getting through your first Christmas after the divorce may fill you with anxiety. Here are a few tips to help you cope during the holiday season: 

1. Plan ahead 

Do not shrug off the holidays as unimportant. They have been important in years past, and they will be as important this year. Although the friends that you had in common with your spouse may not be comfortable seeing you, it is vital that you not spend the holidays alone. Make plans to see life-long friends—people you knew before you were married—and you should also arrange to spend Christmas with family members. 

2. Spend time with your kids and allow your ex to do so 

You should put your children first. Your divorce attorney Brooklyn can help you come up with a custody arrangement that allows you to spend quality time with your kids. The arrangement should also give your ex the time and space to do the same. This will minimize stress and strain on your children. 

2. Create new traditions 

The rituals and traditions you had when your family was together are no more. You will need to establish new traditions that you can share with your children and others you love. This should not include buying an abundance of expensive gifts for your children in an attempt to out-gift the other parent. Children know when such a thing is being done, and it will only depress them further as they will feel forced to choose which parent to love more. 

If there are any last-minute issues involving child custody over the holidays, a Brooklyn divorce attorney from the Levitsky Law Firm can help you get through them.