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Holiday season busy for family law experts

Divorce at any time of year can be problematic, depending on the situation and the individuals involved. However, family law experts can always point to a time of year where divorce becomes most prevalent: British Columbia residents may not be surprised to discover the holiday season is particularly ripe for couples choosing to end their relationships. It is also a period of time in which divorce agreements become the most contentious. 

As of 2011, some 1.2 million parents were divorced or separated from the other parent of their child. While many of these families have child custody agreements in place that account for visitation and/or joint custody, the holiday season can throw a monkey wrench into even court-required plans. There are thousands of agreements on record that dictate exactly how and when handoffs are supposed to occur over the holidays, but many experts have found these agreements are often waylaid or even ignored. 

This is partly due to the stress of the season. The holidays are often family-centric, with a special emphasis on children. This means that even otherwise-amicable divorcees can become hostile when it comes to splitting time with the kids. This is where the importance of a properly-drafted agreement is highlighted. 

Family law can be a difficult subject, particularly for those over whom it holds sway. British Columbia residents who have been divorced understand how challenging and sometimes stressful it can be to negotiate time over special occasions of the year. This is why seeking out the support of an experienced divorce lawyer during the initial settlement phase can help to secure family holidays for years to come. 

Source: National Post, "Dreaming of a Christmas free from custody battles: Family lawyers say holiday season is their busiest time", Ashley Csanady, Dec. 23, 2016

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