Monday, November 2, 2015

Here come the Holidays... Review your Visitation Orders!!

WELL... I say it every year and I'm going to say it again! It is time to review your visitation orders and think about your holiday schedule!

A lot of conflict can be prevented by reviewing your plans in advance.   Make sure that your court orders really say what you think they say.

From mid-October through January 2nd, the calendar is chock full of celebrations, holidays, parties, religious observances, days off, family traditions, get-togethers and other events.

Planning ahead prevents misunderstandings, additional stress, hurt feelings, and disappointed children.

Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Check your court orders or mediated agreement 
  2. Calendar the times that you have visitation.
  3. Ask your children to sit down with you and tell you about any events that they have heard about. 
  4. Check your child's school calendar, your extended family schedule, and your church/temple/mosque events. 
  5. Communicate with your ex (if possible) to find out what else may be planned. 
  6. Put definite events and tentative events on a big calendar in different color print. 
  7. Don't request "last minute' changes from with your ex if at all possible. 
End of the year is usually not "stress-free", but you can help it be a little less stressful by planning ahead. 

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