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Child custody matters can be challenging during holidays

Divorce can complicate life not only for adults but also for children involved. This is especially true if two parents have different ideas about how child custody should be handled. These matters can be even more challenging to cope with around the holidays. A few tips may help people in Connecticut to have an enjoyable holiday season while dealing with child custody issues.

First, it is important to focus on the time a person has with his or her children instead of on the time he or she cannot be with those children. A divorcing parent may benefit from remaining positive and being mindful of the need to avoid placing unintended guilt on his or her child. It is wise for parents going through divorce to ensure that the children will be fine when they are under the care of the other parent.

It is also essential for parents to say flexible during the Christmas season, particularly with respect to schedules. This means approaching one's child with respect and understanding. It also means not trying to please everybody in the family, as someone's feelings will likely get hurt at one time or another -- either the immediate family or the extended family. It is most critical that a parent puts his or her children first in every situation.

Although child custody challenges in Connecticut can be difficult to deal with during the holidays, two divorcing parents may benefit from attempting to mediate their issues. Through mediation, they may be able to come up with a mutually satisfactory parenting plan that focuses on the best interests of the child. Mediation may also help to set a positive tone for a co-parenting relationship going forward.

Source: ksl.com, "7 tips for divorced parents to make the holidays easier", Lacey Hancock, Dec. 14, 2015

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