It's almost the end of the year. And while for some couples there is the kiss when the ball drops, for many others their New Year's resolution is to get out of their marriage. In fact, historically, there is an increase in the number of divorce filings in the beginning of the year.
When you combine divorce, visitation and the holidays, the end result can be a somewhat frustrating mess for parents who are divorced. And while we typically focus on issues related to the biological parents fighting over who gets the kids for which holidays, often times stepparents also want to be able to have their stepchildren -- the whole family -- together for the holidays.
The holidays can be a tough time for divorced parents with children. With one parent getting the kids, it's a natural reaction for the other parent to feel lonely and sad. And with many exes continuously switching off on the holidays year-after-year, a coping mechanism is very important.
For divorced parents the holidays can be particularly frustrating. And while it may be tempting to hold on to hurt feelings and animosity, these reactions between parents often make kids feel like they have to pick sides between their parents.
For some, Halloween is the start of the holiday season. And while this time of year can be stressful for anyone, for children whose parents are either going through a divorce, or were just recently divorced, this time of year can bring up a wide range of emotions and corresponding behaviors.
It's that time of year again: pumpkins are being carved and the preparations for this year's Halloween costume are almost all set to go. However, for parents who have joint child custody, now is also a good time to communicate and work out some kind of a schedule when it comes to trick-or-treating and school Halloween festivities.
A lack of a plan for child visitation can lead to easily avoidable spats between two divorced or no-longer-together parents.