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Third Thursday or Thanksgiving Day? Which one do you celebrate?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many families are getting ready for a traditional celebration. Individuals and families in Columbus travel across the state of Missouri and even across the country to celebrate the gift of loved ones. For those that recently got divorced, tradition can’t always be kept.

Splitting up the holidays is often an important topic in child custody conversations. Inevitably, one of the parents ends up going without the kids for Thanksgiving under many custody agreements. Although this holiday may be different this year, the change doesn’t have to dampen the celebration.

The third Thursday of November has been reserved in the United States for the “Day of Thanks,” but it doesn’t mean that the celebrations can’t happen on any day. The turkey can be stuffed and the pumpkin pie can be served on the weekend for example. More importantly, the love of friends and family is often strong enough to surpass a date on the calendar, isn’t it?

A lot changes during the process of divorce. A couple becomes two individuals ready to start a new future. Why not start some new holiday traditions too? For those with children, dating coach Marina Sbrochi suggests that newly divorced parents follow three simple rules to make this holiday one to remember.

What are those three rules? They are simple. Sbrochi said that the first rule is that parents simply make their kids the priority this season. When they have done that, they can complete rule two, which is to make their kids the priority. And three? If you haven’t guessed it yet, it is to put the children first.

Of course, a smooth holiday season helps when a clear custody arrangement is in place. Ensuring that all the details are covered is something that an experienced divorce attorney in Franklin County, Ohio, will do. Should a problem arise, the attorney can help enforce the terms of an agreement that is already in place.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Any Day Can Be a Holiday,” Marina Sbrochi, Nov. 13, 2013

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