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Can co-parenting work through the holidays?

Soon Californians will be falling back the clocks and along with that comes looking ahead to Thanksgiving and the holiday season that lasts all the way through New Year's. If you are one of the many people for whom this holiday season represents your first post-divorce set of holidays, you will be painfully aware of the differences you will experience. If you have kids, they too will be facing a new type of holiday. How can you help them?

Psychology Today suggests that you and your former spouse work together to help make this time of year positive for everyone. One way to do this is for the two of you to make essential decisions ahead of time. These choices might include when the children will be with each of you and what traditions you will each carry on with your kids. You and your kids' other parent should also consider syncing up on gifts.

For starters, you will want to communicate to ensure you don't both end up buying the same items. Also, setting a price limit may help to avoid you from getting into competition with your ex to buy the best or, at least, the most expensive gifts. The focus needs to remain your kids and their relationships with both of you.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is rather meant to help newly divorced parents in California think through some of the ways they can effectively navigate the holiday season with their former spouses for the benefit of their joint children.

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