Children experience much anticipation during the holiday season, but when parents are divorcing, children may find their holidays also filled with anxiety. Child custody arrangements often change visitation plans between households to “equally divide parental time.” ABC News on May 13, 2011, reported that divorce affects 2.8 million adults, and the Coalition for Divorce Reform reports that divorce affects over one million children each year. Christmas to children of divorce can mean traveling to and from each parent’s home — even during the same day to eagerly enjoy a Merry Christmas. Divorce Tool Box endeavors to assist divorcing families through some difficult holiday challenges.
Divorce inevitably results in adjustment and changes for both adults and children, but especially during the holidays, divorce creates additional stress that can take the Merry out of Christmas.But it doesn’t have to be that way for divorcing couples who prepare in advance a customized parenting plan which ensures that all facets of holiday visitation have been considered and established.Audrey Silcox, a Certified Divorce and Family Mediator, who founded Divorce Tool Box, a division of Sildrey Corporation, because after 16 years of working with divorcing couples, including as a court-appointed mediator, she saw first-hand how essential these customized parenting plans can be for a family’s future well-being.She decided to make her expertise available to individuals or couples before they enter the legal arena via online sessions anytime, anywhere.
Says Silcox, “I recall many cases over the years where parents of divorce were filing orders of contempt during the holiday season due to misunderstandings that could have been avoided if each parent had earlier communicated and established plans for the children’s well-being.Imagine the tension, stress, and anxiety that arguing or filing court orders brings to children during what is supposed be a season of joy.I’ve learned it’s possible to double that joy instead of diminishing it. This is truly one of the greatest gifts parents can give their children who are spending parts of their holidays in two households.”
Silcox explains that this gift can be accomplished in a variety of ways and she offers five tips to assist parents.
Silcox is herself a divorced mother of two, with degrees in psychology and counseling from Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama. She has learned personally and professionally how important it is to make wise decisions at the outset of the divorce process, particularly those involving child custody, holiday visitation planning, and also to anticipate other decisions, including financial, that will greatly affect children and their parents for years to come.
Divorce Tool Box provides online sessions for individuals or couples contemplating or currently undergoing divorce. Custody parenting plans, assets and liabilities, division of property and money matters, along with emotional support are some of the issues addressed in the sessions to help people make wise decisions before entering the legal arena. This guidance can help ease a difficult process as well as save countless hours and costs in legal fees. Visit our website today at http://www.DivorceToolBox.com.