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A child custody plan and a positive view can ease holiday stress

Holidays are busy times for families. They can be just as stressful as they are heart-warming. For families that have recently gone through a divorce, celebrating the holidays can be an extra challenge. In Florida, a thorough child custody agreement can help with the details. A positive outlook can relieve the stress of the holiday, too. 

Whether the parents agree on alternating holidays or some other arrangement, it can be tough when the holiday comes around. For the parent who has the children on the holiday, the experts have a few tips to make the event easier. Parents are reminded to be kind, be patient, be thankful and establish new traditions. If the parent with the child is kind by remembering the feelings of the child and the other parent, and is patient with the feelings and expectations of the child, the holiday is likely to go more smoothly. The parent should be thankful for the time with the child, and by establishing a new tradition, everyone will have something to look forward to. 

The parent who is not with the child during a holiday may possibly have some negative feelings. In this case, the same rules - to be kind, patient, thankful and proactive in establishing new traditions - apply. The other parents should be kind and patient, knowing that they will get a chance to be with the children, and to respect the children's excitement about spending time with the other side of the family. The person can be thankful for the family they have and establish a new tradition of self-care for when the kids aren't around. 

In life, the only constant is change. Individuals who are able to ride the waves of change will likely have an easier time. Good planning has its place, too. In Florida, a detailed and fair child custody agreement can be a part of that plan. Most individuals turn to an attorney for help in creating such an agreement. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "First Holiday Since the Divorce?", Ashley Tate Cooper, Nov. 15, 2017

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