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Your Holiday Survival Guide After a Divorce

By Sheryl Rentz on December 22, 2011

The end of a marriage can be one of the most difficult things a person endures in his or her lifetime. A divorce forces a person to redefine their life, relationships, and even traditions. The holidays are a festive time for most, but when you are coping with a divorce, it can be difficult to find any joy in the holiday season. However, the holidays can be an excellent time to celebrate with family and create new traditions with those you love. The following are some helpful tips to help you celebrate during the holidays.

  • Be flexible. Keep any old traditions you want, but also try some new things and get creative with the way you celebrate the holidays. Creating new traditions and holiday rituals that you can do each year can be a part of how you redefine your new life.
  • Try to focus on others. The spirit of the holiday season is being with those you love and care for, so spread the joy around! Possibly expand your list of those you celebrate with, but sharing and spending time with those closest to you can help you get through the holidays.
  • Don’t overspend. Being newly divorced can present new financial challenges, so stick to a budget and remember that the holidays are not only about gifts. Many people accumulate a lot of debt around the holidays that they are paying off well into the next year, so creating a budget can help you avoid financial pitfalls.
  • Be patient. Divorces are very difficult and can take a great deal of time to recover from, so be patient with yourself. You need time for your heart and head to heal, so take the holidays one at a time and do whatever you need to cope with the divorce. Give yourself as long as it takes.

Divorce is a very difficult process, and it can present many new challenges for a family. A legal professional will help you every step of the way and simply often complicated matters. The experienced divorce attorney in Montgomery County, Sheryl R. Rentz, can help with the many issues that may arise from a divorce, from division of assets to child custody. For a complimentary consultation, please call (610) 645-0100. We wish you and yours a happy, joyous holiday season.

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