As if a divorce in Ohio is not hard enough, the challenges that come with sharing custody of your children make the situation even more difficult. This is especially true when it comes to the holiday season. This time of year is stressful on its own but add in the struggles to ensure everyone gets times with the children and it can be a very hectic time for everyone. There are some things you can do to help make it go more smoothly and reduce the stress.
According to the Huffington Post, the most important thing when making holiday visitation decisions is to keep in mind no matter what is the children. Always put them and their needs first. Ensure they are comfortable with any plans you make and if possible, involve them in the planning of your holiday time.
You should also work with your ex-spouse to develop a plan that everyone agrees on. Make sure to set the schedule well ahead of time and stick to the schedule. Deviations can cause problems. To avoid such things, be sure to work into your plans alternatives in case something needs to be changed last minute.
You may choose to either alternate holidays or split the holidays. For example, alternating is where you would get one holiday, your ex gets the next holiday, etc. Splitting the day just means you get the kids for half the time and your ex gets them the other half. The best solution, if you can do it, is to get everyone together for the holiday. This eliminates many of the usual struggles. This information is for education and is not legal advice.