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 …

April 1st — Summer Possession Notice Deadline — No Fooling!

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A Reminder and Word of Warning: In Texas, the standard possession schedule has a provision that the parent who is given the right to have the children for up to 30 days in the summer must notify the other parent of the dates when he or she wants the children.  That notice needs to be sent by April 1 each …

Having Happy Holidays!

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December can be one of the best times of the year or one of the worst. With the holiday season comes  opportunities for families to get together and spend extra time together.  When families are split up, the time has to be divided. Often one parent feels short-changed, and sometimes events don’t fit neatly into court-ordered possession schedules. Usually, however, …

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 …

Time to Plan Your Summer Visitation Schedule

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This is a brief Public Service Announcement. Attention all Texans with a Texas standard visitation schedule! If you read your summer schedule section, you will probably see that you have to notify the other parent of your desired summer possession schedule by April 1 or April 15, depending on whether you have the right to choose the primary residence of …

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 …

7 Ways to Wreck Your Kids’ Holidays

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Even with the bad economy, there’s plenty to celebrate and enjoy this time of the year. But sometimes people are just miserable because of holiday stress and family issues. If you have children, this can be a great time of the year. If you have children and are divorced, this might still be a great time or it can be …

Children’s Extracurricular Activities: Appropriate Or Excessive?

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I just ran across the following post by Robert L. Mues of the Ohio Family Law Blog. For me, because of a case I am involved in, it is a very timely post. I believe a number of parents (and children) can benefit by considering the issues Robert raised. Extracurricular activities sometimes become points of contention during and after divorces, …

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 …