How to Navigate Holiday Visitation Schedules

The holidays mean different things to different people. For some, it’s the best time of year. For others, it’s a stressful period full of family drama. Here are a few helpful hints for parents who are going through a divorce, or already divorced.

Stick to the Schedule

If you have a parenting schedule things are easier. You always want to have the parenting schedule in writing and agreed to by both parents in advance of the holidays. This can be done a couple of ways. If the formal divorce process has not yet begun, then you must agree on a parenting plan yourself. If you have a family attorney, they can help with this.

When you create the schedule, take a look at the entire year as a whole to determine a comprehensive visitation plan. Your parenting plan can be as broad or specific as you wish. The point is that both parents must agree, or it won’t be successful.

Christmas doesn’t have to happen on Dec 25

If you find yourself arguing over who gets to spend the day with the children, take a step back and remember it’s not about the calendar date. In other words, you make the day special no matter if it is Dec. 26 or Dec. 30. Whatever day you spend with the kids, you can make that just as special as December 25th. Don’t get too caught up on the actual day.

If you can be flexible with your time, it may not be worth the fight, aggravation and effect on the children.

Communicate with the Other Parent

It may seem impossible for some people to get along with the other parent, especially if you are recently divorced or separated. However, if you have children, you must do your best to communicate effectively.

Good communication (or at least some communication) is key to ensuring you will minimize the amount of time you spend fretting over where your “littles” will be eating turkey and opening gifts.

Remember to think of this holiday season as an opportunity to create new traditions and to create great new memories with your children. Wishing you a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!

Adopting a Child in McKinney

Adopting a child in Texas requires prospective parents to follow state-specific guidelines. The state has requirements for who can adopt and who can be adopted. A child residing in Texas may only be adopted if: The parent-child relationship has been terminated or a suit for termination is joined with the suit for adoption The parent […]

Continue reading...

Good Advice From a Divorce Lawyer

Going through a divorce is a stressful time. Divorce attorneys work hard to achieve favorable and fair results for their clients. Here are a few tips you’re better off knowing that will influence your relationship with your lawyer and the value they provide to you. 1. The court system is much different than what you […]

Continue reading...

Accused of Child Abuse in Collin County?

Children, family members, or exes may contrive child abuse stories to inflict pain on someone. Many may not understand the gravity of what they are accusing, and the law tends to err on the side of the accuser when it comes to child abuse cases. Cases could also be advanced by a school teacher or […]

Continue reading...

Protective Orders and Family Violence

Unfortunately, there are numerous cases where a member of a household is the victim of domestic violence. In such a circumstance, the Texas family code provides for certain persons to have the ability to seek protection from the court for themselves, their child, and/or other persons. In order to obtain a protective order, a party must […]

Continue reading...

Divorce and Mediation

A growing majority of family law cases whether they are divorce, child custody cases, or even cases involving Child Protective Services are being resolved outside of Court. Mediation is more and more prevalent and effective at resolving these types of cases. What is Mediation? Mediation is a confidential process where the mediator attempts to guide, […]

Continue reading...

Avoid a DWI in Collin County this July 4th Weekend

With July 4th falling on Monday this year many of you will turn it into a long weekend of fun, family, friends and parties. Law enforcement will also be out in full force this weekend due to the increase in crowds and especially the increase in alcohol consumption. Drinking & Driving in Collin County Will […]

Continue reading...

Modifying Child Visitation Agreements

If you went through a divorce and share children, you likely agreed to a child visitation agreement that took into consideration both of your circumstances at the time. Or you had the court decide the ultimate terms of the visitation order. However, as your circumstances – or those of your former partner or the child’s– […]

Continue reading...

Hosting a Memorial Day Weekend Party – Know Your Legal Responsibilities

Planning on hosting a party this Memorial Day weekend? If you are going to be a host, remember that serving alcohol to your guests can pose inherent safety risks as well as criminal liability. Some of the highest incidents of DWI occur between the weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day. There are several things […]

Continue reading...

What Happens When CPS is Called?

This blog entry is intended to describe what steps CPS makes after a typical report of abuse or neglect is made. It is extremely important to hire an attorney that has experience dealing with child abuse investigations before meeting with CPS. An attorney will have knowledge to help guide you through this confusing and difficult […]

Continue reading...