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Is your parenting plan ready for the holidays?

84074762_S.jpgGet ready to deck those halls, Missouri, the holidays have arrived. This time of year can be extra busy, and even when lots of fun is on the calendar, tension between divorced parents may have kids stuck in the middle feeling a bit grinchy. It is natural for parents that split custody to worry that a child may miss out on holiday fun if they are with the other parent, but experts advise that feuding families without a set parenting plan can make a child go from "ho ho ho" to "ho hum."

A reputable therapist that is familiar with shared custody situations has an inside scoop on many kids' session confessions. She says parents sometimes cannot figure out why a child does not seem excited about the holiday season. After all, who doesn't look forward to shopping trips, extravagant feasts, gifts and time-honored traditions?

A child stuck in the middle of an argument, that's who. While many parents might feel as if they are just insisting on what's fair, not having a set agreement ahead of time can lead to conflicting plans, unnecessary stress and preventable arguments. It is best to make sure that a child comes first, and parents should try to reach an agreement that reflects both of their desires to keep the holidays magical for the sake of a child. 

The holidays are certainly a time to make sure that a parenting plan is backed up by a court order to ensure that both parties are on the same page, but such an agreement is beneficial year round. Even if two parents do not get along, it is important to try to make sure that disagreements do not involve or occur in front of a child when possible. Missouri parents that need some help establishing or enforcing a parenting plan enforceable by law can reach out to an understanding attorney for help. 

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