Dealing with ex-in-laws during the holidays

Holidays can be stressful, especially during divorce negotiations or after a divorce has been finalized. When children are involved, Christmas and other holidays can become even more complicated. If you are facing the holiday season after divorce, there are steps you can take to prevent unwanted and unnecessary stress for you and your family. Here are some tips for divorced or divorcing couples in Salt Lake City, Utah for dealing with ex-in-laws during the holidays:

  • Custody and holiday visitation. Custody arrangements can be complicated during the holidays and can create stress for you, your ex, as well as your in-laws. Remember that it is important for your children to spend time with you as well as your ex and your in-laws. You do have the right to protect a custody arrangement, but remember to keep your child's best interests in mind.
  • Sending Christmas cards. Should you send Christmas cards to ex family members? Is sending cards after a divorce offensive? Remember that you have had relationships with your ex-in-laws for years or even decades. You should do what feels natural to you, without worrying too much about what things "mean."
  • Gift giving. Should you purchase gifts for you ex-in-laws? Again, this depends on your relationships. If you have maintained a relationship with your ex's parents, you should base your continued practice on individual circumstances and what would feel appropriate for you. Either way, you should never feel pressured to give gifts, but if you have maintained a relationship, there is no reason to discontinue the tradition.

Holidays can be stressful, but remember you are not alone. To protect your rights after divorce, you may need an experienced attorney to work out a custody settlement on your behalf. Remember that divorce can be complicated, especially during the holidays.

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