Thanksgiving is an especially family-oriented holiday. So, naturally, you will want to spend the day with your children. This can become complicated when it comes to a divorced couple with shared custody, but there are a few ways to make sure that you and your children get to celebrate the holiday together. Continue reading below to learn more about how this holiday can be shared.

Tips to Share the Holiday

It is natural to want to spend Thanksgiving with your children. After all, it is a day to celebrate what you are thankful for, and family is usually high up on that list. As a result, it can be difficult to have to spend the holiday without your kids. Luckily, there are some different arrangements you can make, depending on your relationship with your ex-spouse. Below are some common ways divorced couples split up the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Split the holiday: A good option may be to split the day. For example, maybe you enjoy a morning of parade-watching and a festive breakfast with your children before they spend dinner with your ex-spouse, and vice versa. Plan to split the day up in the way that works best for you.
  • Alternate years: A good way to handle holiday custody arrangements is to alternate years. You might celebrate Thanksgiving with your children this year, and allow your ex-spouse to spend the holiday with the kids the next year. It is a good way to take turns and make sure all parties get a chance to enjoy the holidays.
  • Spend it together: This is not a realistic option for all couples. But, some couples have an amicable enough relationship that they may celebrate Thanksgiving together so that they can spend both spend time with the children on this important day.
  • Host a second Thanksgiving: If alternating years doesn’t work for you, you may want to host two Thanksgivings. For example, you can have Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, and your ex-spouse can have Thanksgiving dinner on Friday. This can be a good way to take turns without having to wait a whole year to celebrate.

We know how important holidays can be. Some couples have holidays pre-arranged in their custody agreements and others may need to figure things out down the line. If you have any questions about sharing custody during the holidays, contact a skilled family lawyer for help.

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