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Child custody challenges can be tricky during holidays

The holidays are naturally a hectic and potentially stressful time of the year for New Jersey families. However, this time of the year can be especially overwhelming for parents who live separately. Although balancing shared child custody can be challenging, it is still possible.

A few tips may help people to decrease any anxiety they feel at the end of the year when dealing with custody matters. First, it simply makes good sense for co-parents to make their children their top priority. If both parents work toward helping their children to be happy and well-adjusted, they are focusing on the same goal. As a result, the kids will be happier, and the parents will be less stressed.

In addition, it is also helpful to do advanced planning before the holidays arrive. This involves considering what the holiday parenting schedule will be versus the regular schedule for parenting prior to committing to event or travel plans. The holiday parenting schedule should be outlined in the custody agreement or order stemming from the couple's divorce proceeding.

Dealing with child custody in New Jersey divorce proceedings can be a frustrating experience. However, if the two people getting divorced can see eye to eye on material issues, they may be able to work toward a parenting agreement that satisfies both of them and benefits any children involved. If they cannot achieve this, a judge will end up determining the family's custody arrangement based on what is in the best interests of any children who are the subjects of the proceeding.

Source: charlotteobserver.com, "3 Stress-relieving holiday tips for separated or divorced parents", Amanda Cannavo, Dec. 12, 2016

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