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Illinois custody lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyWith the advent of the first holiday commercial appearing 100 days before December 25, K-Mart, a leading retail chain, did experience a varying degree of flack over what appeared to be an extensive early showing. Although we all tend to be annoyed how early retailers begin running their spots to grab the attention of holiday shoppers, it is estimated that 34 million Americans have already started their holiday shopping. As this represents 14 percent of the population, one million report that they have already finished gift buying. Although holiday gift-giving is a joyous occasion, for those who have undergone a divorce and share custody, the holiday season can become grueling as schedules become a challenge.

Often as the holiday season is recognized as the most contentious of custody conflicts within the calendar year, the following tips may assist both parents with reaching an effective compromise.

Refer to Your Current Shared Custody Agreement

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divorce-during-the-holidays.jpgThe U.S. Census Bureau reports that although the marriage rate has deceased in the U.S., the national divorce rate remains high and for many newly divorced couples, the approaching holiday season will certainly bring about new challenges.

As history reigns, custody has almost always been awarded to the mother but recently as per an article published by The New York Times, more than 2.2 million mothers have relinquished custody giving up to 50 percent of fathers now accepting the primary parental role. Although many more men are accepting this role, there are many who may be facing the holidays with only a limited time with their offspring.

No matter the outcome of your custody agreement, the following holiday parenting tips, post-divorce, may prove helpful to both parents as the season quickly approaches.

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