Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
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Dealing with the holidays after a divorce

The holidays can be especially hard for Georgia families going through a divorce. For separated spouses who have children, it is important to be civil throughout the Christmas season. In many cases, this means being as flexible as possible with an ex spouse.

When the holidays are approaching, the parents might want to think about how they have previously celebrated and decide whether they want to continue those traditions or make new ones. For example, if certain relatives only come into town one time per year for a holiday, the children might want to spend time with that parent so that they can see their extended family.

Parents who are divorcing should remember that they will need to be able to work together for years to come. Even after the divorce, they will both still be their children's parents. Therefore, they should put themselves in the children's shoes and try to work with each other on their holiday schedules. By taking in their children's feelings into account, the parents may agree to get along so that they can enjoy the holidays despite the divorce.

Custody orders are designed according to what is deemed to be in the best interests of the child. For most divorced families, this means that children are permitted to spend time with both the mother and father. Divorced parents who believe that they have been shortchanged by a custody order may be able to apply for a modification. A lawyer could help such a parent throughout the legal process.

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Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
4799 Sugarloaf Pkwy
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Lawrenceville, GA 30044

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