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The holiday season is busy for most people. Even if you try to keep things simple, there’s a good chance you’ll find a few extra activities on your plate. This is particularly true if you’re co-parenting during this time of the year.

Here are three tips for sharing custody of your children with your ex-spouse during the holidays:

  • Talk it out in advance. If you wait until the last minute to discuss details, you could end up at odds with your ex-spouse. Discuss your plans well in advance, as this gives you time to work through any disagreements.
  • Split the holidays in half. When possible, make sure both parents are able to spend time with their children. This may require you to run around more than usual, but it’s in the best interest of your child.
  • Spend the holidays together. It may sound impossible, but consider the idea of everyone spending the holiday season with one another. Remember, you’re not doing this because you want to get back together with your ex-spouse. You’re doing this because you want your children to enjoy themselves at this special time of the year. It’s not the right solution for every situation, but you should at least consider it.

Sharing custody during the holidays can be tricky. Make sure that you prepare for anything that could go wrong. The best way to do this is to discuss everything with your ex-spouse, while keeping your parenting agreement in mind.

If your ex continually violates the parenting agreement, it may be time to learn more about your legal rights with the goal of preventing this in the future.