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Party planning can be tough for divorced families

A divorce is a hard situation to be in, but what can be even worse is trying to decide how to spend holidays like birthdays with the people you love. If you have children that now share different homes, how will you decide which parent gets to visit on a birthday or how to participate in the event? Normally, your attorney helps you fight for visitation and custody, but your child will also get a say in what happens.

One of the hardest things about divorce is not knowing how a child is going to react. Initially, you may have an idea of what will happen on a birthday or holiday, but if a child refuses to go to mom's house, for instance, is it really possible to force the issue? What can you do if your child wants to invite family members who simply don't get along?

It can become an issue if a child spends one birthday or holiday with one parent one year but then doesn't the next. It may feel unfair to the parent who isn't getting to celebrate these moments with his or her children. Sometimes, divorced parents can attend the same party and get along, but in other cases, that may be impossible.

To help prevent issues, working out what to expect can help. Should you have two parties with different people invited on different days? Should you be the host and allow the other parent to be involved in party planning? Working together could alleviate some fears of missing out, too, so if both parents can be civil and plan the party together, it could result in an event both people can be proud of.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce and Birthdays, an Emotional Mix," Lisa Thomson, Nov. 02, 2015

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