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Settling holiday custody battles

A common issue around the holiday season in Texas and around the country involves divorced parents arguing over who gets to spend time with their children. There are several ways that this issue can be addressed. One preferred method is to alternate years that a parent gets to spend a holiday with his or her child. In some cases, it may be possible for the child to spend a holiday with both parents if they can be civil around each other.

While these are two common methods to resolve a child custody issue around the holidays, parents are free to create their own plan. Regardless of what type of plan is devised, both parents will need to communicate well and be on board with its conditions. It is also important for parents to realize that any day can feel like a holiday regardless of what it says on the calendar.

In other words, just because Christmas is on Dec. 25 doesn't mean that Christmas can't be celebrated the next day if that's the only time a parent can see his or her child. This is especially true with younger children who simply want to spend time with people who love them regardless of when that happens. As a child gets older, he or she will want to spend more time with those who care more about them as opposed to playing games.

A parent who is in the middle of a custody or visitation dispute may want to discuss the matter with a family law attorney. Doing so may make it easier to create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the client's child.

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