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How to manage the Christmas holidays during divorce

Video: How do you manage the Christmas holidays during divorce?

By: Steven Benmor, B.Sc., LL.B., Family Lawyer

Jurisdiction: Ontario (Canada)

First of all be practical. The reality of is whether you’re the parent with the kids living with you or you’re the parent who the kids are not living with, recognize that it’s all about the kids. The Holidays are all about the kids and you want to make the Holiday Season a very happy and relazed time. Even when families are together, often times going to family functions, parties and so forth, can be very stressful. It only becomes more stressful when a family is apart because of divorce and the children are pulled in two directions and don’t know what to do because they want to appease both parents. The good news is that the Holiday is more than just one day. It goes on for at least a week, sometimes two weeks. And no child ever complains by having two different Christmas celebrations … (click here for more)

Steven Benmor

(’First Take Live’ video clips courtesy of Dan Carter Productions. Original Broadcast: 2007) About the author: Steven Benmor practices Family Law in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Visit Steven Benmor’s online Family Law Resource Center for concise answers to many more frequently asked Family law questions, feature articles on Family law topics, dozens of links to other Family law websites, and more at The information on this page is for discussion purposes only. It is by no means legal advice or even a statement of the law on this subject. Please do not rely on the accuracy or completeness of this information. Any question or concern elicited by the information on this page should be taken to a lawyer who will consider the facts of each case and the legal remedies available.