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During the holiday season, there is plenty of stress to go around. One area that you have some measure of control over is matters related to your child. Even if you and your child's other parent are divorced, it is still possible to make decisions that keep the stress level minimal.

If your child will take the gifts that you give to the other parent's house, try to avoid buying gifts just because you think they will annoy the other parent. Not only can this help to keep issues between you and your ex down, it can also help your child since he or she won't get into trouble for playing with a toy that annoys the other parent.

You can also work out any issues with scheduling well in advance of the event or day. The holidays sometimes involve traveling out of town or having relatives come in from out of town. If these dates are going to be a challenge, talk to your ex as soon as possible to see if you can work something out with the special circumstances as a consideration.

As you work through any issues that might come up, be sure that you remember to think about how your decisions will impact your child. After all, your child's happiness is what matters during the holidays. If there are issues that you can't work through with your ex, you may need to turn to the court to make determinations about the issues. This should be done as early as possible, but be sure to learn about what responsibilities and rights you have going into the process.

Source: FindLaw, "3 Common Child-Custody Holiday Disputes," Deanne Katz, Esq., accessed Nov. 25, 2016

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