Nov 22, 2022
Dealing with Divorce During the Holidays
It’s the holiday season, the decorations and lights are out, the Christmas tunes are playing, and you just decided to get divorced. The easiest thing would be to find a cave and hibernate for the next few months, but your children expect a Thanksgiving turkey and Santa to come down the chimney on December 25th. Here are some healthful tips for getting through the holiday season while going through a divorce.
Michael Routh, an Attorney at Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation, provides tips on how to navigate the holidays during a divorce.
First, allow yourself some room for imperfection. Do not attempt to put together a perfect holiday for you and your family. Realize what you are going through and know any person would struggle with a divorce this time of year. That way you will be better situated to be there for your children and their struggles with the divorce.
Next, lean on your friends and close family members for support. Call them and talk when you are feeling down and share freely. They will appreciate being there for you in a difficult time.
Keep the special memories limited to those of ones with your children. This is not the time to take a walk down memory lane of past holidays with your departing spouse. Try to make some new memories or change an old tradition that will help everyone involved move past this difficult time.
Plan and communicate early as to how the holiday will be shared with your children to avoid any last minute or unnecessary communication. Document it in writing with your soon to be ex-spouse to eliminate confusion. This structure will help your children navigate a difficult time.
The attorney mediators at the Alpha Center can help you with this process. Accepting guidance from a firm that specializes in the practice of divorce mediation will ensure a smooth path along the difficult road of divorce. Alpha’s program may not be fast and cheap, but it will certainly save you time and money over the long run. Let our expertise help ensure the best possible outcome for you, your spouse, and your family.
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