On behalf of The Law Office of Wickersham and Bowers posted in Family Law on Tuesday January 5, 2021.
The current pandemic has made it very difficult on couples. The financial strain coupled with enforced quarantine that throws couples together without an outlet has led to a large increase in divorces across the country. If you have recently been through a divorce, you may be looking forward to a new year without your spouse. When you and your former spouse have children together, it is difficult to negotiate your way through the divorce landscape. Here are some ways to make the New Year easier on your family.
Keep Traditions in Place
As much as possible, when you have children, you will want to keep your traditions for the holiday season. If you and your spouse celebrate New Year’s Eve with your children, with party favors and hats, you need to continue to do that if possible. If you have traditions for other holidays, why not keep those family traditions as well?
Create New Memories
What if you aren’t able to keep your traditions the same during the New Year? Why not start new traditions, then? For example, if you won’t be celebrating New Year’s with your children this year on the day, why not have a mini New Year’s party when you do have them? You might also want to try cooking with your family, decorating cakes and cookies, or even creating art pieces.
Make It Fun and Talk It Out
Whatever holiday you are celebrating, you need to keep the atmosphere fun and light. You don’t want your family to bear the brunt of you and your spouse’s issues. If possible, you might want to have a conversation with your ex-spouse ahead of time. How do they want the holiday to go? Do they have concerns about celebrating the day? If you have a chance, you’ll want to air out issues when the kids aren’t around.
Whether you particularly like your former spouse or not isn’t important anymore. If you have children, your spouse will be in your life at least until your children are grown. You will want to cooperate with him or her for the sake of your family. It can be difficult, but in the long run it will be worth it.