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How to increase visitation with your children around the holidays

The holidays are upon us. They always carry traditions that we like to see carried out each year. We visit with family and eat way too much food. Sometimes we even eat multiple meals involving large amounts of turkey and gravy in the same day. Trying to find time to see everyone around the holidays almost requires scheduling everyone into your Smartphone. For divorced families, the task gets even more complicated.

Sometimes, due to child visitation agreements, one parent doesn't have custody of his or her children during certain holidays. There is often great sentiment to spend more time with family around the holidays, but it can be difficult for some parents to see their children because of visitation issues.

Some parent's see the visitation schedule agreed to in divorce as final word of child custody. Often, child custody can be discussed between ex-spouses and agreements outside of the visitation agreement can be made.

A spouse who doesn't have primary custody could ask the other parent if they need a night off from the kids. Offering to host a sleep-over for the kids and their friends, or offering to babysit the kids to give the other parent the night off could be a way to see your kids more often. Even offering to pick the kids up from sports practice and bring them home will increase the time you spend with them.

Of course, the other parent must agree to these additional options. If they don't agree to let you see the children outside of the visitation agreement, you may want to consult a family law attorney who may be able to help you pursue a child custody or visitation modification.

Source: The Huffington Post, "6 Ways Divorced Parents Can Get More Time With Their Children," Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq., Dec. 21, 2011

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