Many families in Pennsylvania are about to experience the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday season for the first time since their divorce or separation. Yes the holiday season may not be the same but it can still be filled with love and laughter and is the opportunity to build new memories and holiday traditions.
If you have a child custody order here in Pennsylvania, it's time to start thinking about the upcoming Christmas and New Years holidays. The holidays should be a time of fun, family, and delicious foods. Unfortunately, it can also be a stressful time and this stress can be compounded by the upcoming holiday season particularly if you are parent who is sharing custody of your children.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, or so they say. However, as we all know, often even in the most functional families, the holiday season causes tension. In the case of newly separated parents in Pennsylvania and around the country, the holidays can lead to increased conflict and hurt feelings. Parents will often selfishly attempt to withhold custody from the other parent during the holidays to get back at the other parent without thinking about the fact that their focus should be on what is best for their children, especially during the holidays. Although most final court orders will cover how the holidays are divided between the parties, many interim court orders do not. You might be surprised how many emergency motions are presented before judges in Allegheny County and across the state seeking some kind of custody for the holidays. This is why at our office, we encourage our clients to think about holiday custody in advance and even to make their own arrangements regarding custody. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind when considering holiday custody arrangements:
By: Jamie Spero