Getting Through the Holidays — Post Divorce

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If your divorce is final and you are now facing the major holiday season, there are lots of adjustments for you to make.  If you have children, you have to work with them to both keep some of the family traditions and create some new ones.  Even if it has been several years since the divorce was finalized, holidays can …

It’s Not Too Early to Plan for the Holidays!

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Even though Thanksgiving and the holiday season seem a long ways off, you could make things a lot easier for yourself and your kids if you start thinking and planning for the end of the year now.  If there’s any travel involved, you need to be getting tickets or arranging time off or taking care of various other details.  You …

Planning Ahead for the Holidays

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If you look at a calendar, it’s only early October, but if you look in a lot of stores, they are running out of Halloween decorations and have had some Christmas stuff out for quite a while. Stores seem to run on a faster calendar than most of us use. Nevertheless, this is really a good time to look ahead …

Tips for Avoiding Holiday Explosions

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Traditionally, holidays present an opportunity for family fun and relaxation or for conflict. Families tend to create their own hierarchy of preferred holidays. Work and vacation schedules have a major influence on whether certain holidays are important or not for a family. Once there is a divorce or a court order to manage child possession schedules, conflicts sometimes surface. Court …

Thanksgiving Survival Guide for Divorced and Separated People

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James J. Gross of the Maryland Divorce Legal Crier has another timely and very apt post on the holiday season. I always get a lot from his writing and I think many people experiencing family transitions will too. Although his post mentions Thanksgiving, his suggestions really can apply at any time during the year. I strongly agree with his approach …

Makin’ a List, Checkin’ it Twice …

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One of the most stressful times for a family going through a divorce or after a divorce is the holidays. Family traditions have to adjust to new living arrangements, court orders and emotional conflict. Among the holidays, the traditional two biggies for conflict are Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanksgiving is coming up and I hope you already have a clear mutual …