November 20, 2018 Practice Management

Practicing Family Law with Civility: Holiday Co-Parent Civility

By Elise F. Buie

The holiday season is upon us. This time of family and togetherness can be stressful for many families, let alone recently divorced families. Working in a co-parenting relationship can easily double the stress, particularly in the first years of divorce. For many, deviations from and the elimination of shared family practices, and the creation of new traditions, elicits difficult feelings. Mixed emotions of sadness and regret can be overwhelming and compounded by the stress of having to “share” these special moments in the children’s lives. Because the added stress of the holiday season can lead to amplified conflict between co-parents, it is especially important that parents make a concerted effort at civility during this time.

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