Terry L. Hart, Attorney at Law

What child custody options do I have for the holidays?

When a Texas court is determining how to divide child custody, it must do so while keeping the children's best interests in mind. This means whatever decision is made must be made in order to benefit the children, emotionally, physically, or financially. Regardless of how difficult it is, parents should put their children's best interests first when determining who should have custody during the holidays.

If parents have divorced amicably and live near one another, they might decide to split the hours of the holiday equally. However, this arrangement might end up backfiring, as children might find going from one location to another chaotic or stressful. It could also increase the amount of interaction parents have with one another post-divorce, which they may be trying to avoid. Therefore, while this arrangement could be beneficial for amicable parents with older children, it might not be the best option for ones with an acrimonious relationship.

Again, if parents are intent on celebrating a child-focused holiday, they could agree to spend the holidays together with their children. While this may sound surprising to many, it does work for parents who are working well together and continue to cooperate with one another, despite the end of their marriage. However, if there is the slightest chance of a conflict between parents, it is better to forego this option rather than create negative memories of what should be a joyous occasion for children.

Most parents opt to alternate holidays annually, and this is usually what works for them. However, there is no harm in coming up with a creative alternative, with the help of an experienced attorney who could help complete the legalities of the child custody agreement.

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