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Massachusetts parents may face child custody issues for holidays

Many Massachusetts residents see the approaching holidays as a time for family togetherness. However, for families with divorced parents, the holidays could possibly mean a time for child custody problems. Parents often want to spend time with their children during the holidays, and children may begin to feel negative emotions about having to split their time between both of their parents.

It is important for parents to recognize that custody arrangements can be difficult for children, even if the agreements were made in their best interests. Children may not fully understand why they are unable to spend time with both parents on a holiday, and parents and children alike could benefit from discussing the matter in an understanding manner. If parents are able to have a cordial relationship after a divorce, they could possibly choose to spend time together with their children on a holiday to make their children feel more at ease.

If spending time together as a family is not a prudent option, then creating a comfortable environment could help a child understand that the situation does not have to be negative, though it is different. Though certain activities may have to change due to the differences in the circumstances, creating new activities can make a considerable positive impact. Focusing on the enjoyable aspects of change could help children adjust more easily.

Though these attempts could prove beneficial for children, parents may face their own difficulties in facing changes during the holidays. Child custody agreements may need to be looked at again if concerns about visitation during holidays become an issue. Massachusetts parents may wish to look into laws concerning custody modifications if they feel the need to revisit their current agreements.

Source: Huffington Post, Divorced Parents: How to Help Your Kids Get Through the Holidays, Rosalind Sedacca, Nov. 11, 2013

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