Ending your marriage is by far one of the most difficult decisions you might have to make in your life. While a divorce can be extremely difficult to deal with even under the best of circumstances, it can be a particularly distressing experience during the holiday season.
Being alone while everyone you know seems to be having a great time at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s parties, get-togethers, gift exchanges, and other celebrations can take an emotional toll on you.
However, it’s important to keep things in perspective and not let your emotions get the best of you, so that you can make the most of a bad situation and keep the holiday spirit alive — for yourself as well as your children.
At Davis Law Group, we know that divorce can be highly stressful, especially if there are young children involved or when holidays are just around the corner. Our dedicated and compassionate Massachusetts divorce lawyers, led by attorney Jay Davis, have extensive experience in handling divorce, alimony, child custody, child support, visitation, and a multitude of other family law related cases.
We can provide you with strong legal representation and put our collective legal knowledge and experience to work to get the results you want.
Tips to Cope with Divorce During the Holiday Season
Make Plans in Advance
Talk to your spouse or ex-spouse and hash out a parenting schedule that you are both comfortable with for the holiday season. Decide who gets the children during certain holidays and on certain special occasions and who gets to take them out to parties and social events. Be flexible and be willing to accommodate your each other’s needs and considerations so that you can figure out a schedule that both of you are happy with.
Focus on Your Children
Put aside any feelings of animosity you might have and focus on making your children happy. Maintain your family’s holiday traditions to the extent that’s possible and try to create a sense of normalcy for your children so that they can enjoy the holidays without worrying about the impending divorce.
Explore New Holiday Traditions
If you’re unable to continue those old family traditions, start fresh! Think of this holiday season as a new beginning in your life and establish new traditions. Watch your favorite Holiday movies with your friends, read stories to your children, take your children ice-skating, volunteer at a local charity, or invite your friends for a Holiday meal. Whatever you decide to do, make it a new tradition and make sure you do it every year.
Prepare Your Children for the Holidays
A sudden change in the family’s holiday traditions can be confusing and distressing for your children. It’s why you need to keep them in the know, tell them what has changed, what has not changed, and what they can expect. Assure them that despite the divorce, they still have two parents who love them the most and want nothing, but the best for them. Allow them to spend time with each of you as much as possible during the holidays. Of course, this all depends on the ages of your children and what you feel is best to share.
At Davis Law Group, we can help you look at the process from your children’s perspective, provide you with the right legal advice, and help you make decisions that are in your children’s long-term interests.
Spend More Time with Your Family and Friends
Spend as much time as you can with your family and close friends, so that you can remind yourself that you have people in your life who love you and care about you.
Choose Dedicated Massachusetts Divorce Lawyers You Can Trust
Ending a marriage is never easy, but it can be made manageable with the help of an experienced Massachusetts divorce attorney. At Davis Law Group, we have decades of combined experience in handling contested as well as uncontested divorce cases and we know what kind of issues can arise at every step of the process.
Divorce attorney Jay Davis can provide you with the personalized legal counsel and emotional support you need, protect your rights and interests, and do everything in his capacity to achieve the best possible outcome. To find out how we can help you with your divorce, call our firm today at 617-221-3548 or fill out our contact form and schedule a free consultation with a Massachusetts family law attorney.
James H. (Jay) Davis III
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