How to Cope with the Holidays During a Child Custody Battle

So, you are in the middle of a child custody battle and you don’t know when you’ll see your child next or how much time you’ll have to spend with them for the holidays. That time of the year when the whole family typically gather together to celebrate, has now turned into a nightmare reminding you what could have been if things didn’t go sideways.

Being Georgia family lawyers for decades, we know how hard it is for parents to spend holidays without their kids for the first time. We assure you, it won’t be easy, but you can make the most out of the situation. Based on our experience, here’s what we advise divorced parents fighting for custody to do over the holidays:

Make arrangements as soon as possible.

If you are in the middle of a custody battle, then arrangements are not easy to reach. However, if both parents have the child’s best interest in mind, they’ll do their best to make the child’s Thanksgiving Day or Christmas the best it can possibly be. If you and your ex-spouse are such parents, consider making an arrangement, and make it as soon as possible. Don’t wait until your ex-spouse has planned it all and excludes you from the holidays.

Share the Holidays.

Spending some time together with your ex-spouse and child together, is the best thing you could do for your child to have a holiday season as they deserve. But if your current relationship makes it impossible, then split the holidays.

Split the Holidays.

One parent can have the child for part of the special day, in return, the other will have the child for the remainder of the day. If the child spends Christmas morning with the other parent, ensure they spend Christmas evening with you. In the alternative, if the child spends the whole Christmas day with one parent, opt for the child to spend the whole Thanksgiving Day with the other. There are enough holidays for both parents and your child needs both of you during that season.

Make Your Own Holiday.

If you were alone on Thanksgiving Day, recreate the Thanksgiving celebration the first day when you have the children with you. Spending quality time with your loved ones doesn’t depend on the actual date. It depends on whether you want to make memories for the child. Don’t wait for a certain time of the year to have it. You can live those moments at any time you choose. Making their own holidays have always been a successful formula for our former clients. 

Ensure That The Child Has Great Holidays.

We understand that you are fighting among each other for the custody of the child, but don’t forget that this battle is not about the parent; it is about the child. With that in mind, just focus on the children and you can’t go wrong.

If you did not or will not spend holiday time with your child give us a call, 678-432-1100. We will be glad to discuss with you how to ensure you have holiday time every year.