Co-parenting in Texas can be difficult any time of the year, but disputes seem to skyrocket around the holidays. Both you and your former spouse want to spend the entire holiday with your child. How can you figure out an agreement that satisfies all of the parties and allows your child to make memories with both parents?
What are some possible holiday parenting plans?
According to family law, the judge has the final say on custody disputes. However, you’re free to negotiate with your former spouse on smaller issues like figuring out who gets your child over the holidays. Some people choose to keep it simple by alternating the years. You get your child this year, they get your child next year, and so on. While this can be convenient, it also means that you’ll miss out in certain holiday memories.
You can also agree to share certain holiday activities with your spouse every year. For example, you might agree that you’ll both be present to spend time with your child during Christmas dinner. While this situation allows both parents to spend time with their child, it can cause issues if you and your former spouse aren’t on good terms.
Alternatively, you can also decide to figure out the situation year-by-year. You can set a date to meet each year and figure out your holiday plans. This can be beneficial if you have a large family and don’t always know what you’ll be doing for the holidays. However, it can also lead to arguments that result in you calling your attorney.
Can an attorney help you with your parenting plan?
An attorney could help you with all aspects of the divorce process, including figuring out a parenting plan once the divorce has been finalized. Your attorney could help you figure out how to and parent on your own terms without interfering with your former spouse’s decisions.