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3 ways to divide the Thanksgiving holiday

The Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner, and with that, it's possible that you're dealing with a dispute about how to handle your custody arrangements. It's difficult for a child to be in two places on the same day, and for your family, Thanksgiving is a day of significance. What can you do to make sure your scheduling works best for you, your ex and your child?

There are various parenting plans you can choose for the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are a few to consider in advance, so you don't have to argue about where your child will end up.

1. Alternating weekends? Alternate holidays

For parents who alternate their weekends with their children, it's possible to arrange a schedule that considers that for each holiday. Instead of having a conflict over who can see the child on the holiday, just let your child go to the parent's home who already has visitation. Since the weeks alternate, the following year will be the other parent's turn to have Thanksgiving with his or her child.

2. Divide the holiday

While it could be difficult, if you live close enough together, it's possible to share the holiday with two families. For instance, if one family has Thanksgiving dinner at lunchtime and the other has a late-night Thanksgiving, the parents could exchange custody of their child midway through the day.

3. Plan for alternative Thanksgiving arrangements

It's possible that your family could celebrate on the weekend instead of on the actual holiday, and if so, this could open up the amount of time you spend with your child over the holiday. Instead of fighting for Thanksgiving day, simply take your child the next day and have Thanksgiving dinner a day later.

These are just a few ways to adjust your holiday and enjoy spending it with your child. There are various solutions if you take the time to look for them.

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