Archive for December, 2012

California Divorce Blog–How to approach Divorce and the Holidays

December 25, 2012

The holidays are supposed to be a cheerful time but for many people who have a pending divorce or are newly divorced, the holidays can cause increased stress, anxiety and/or depression. People tend to focus on their family holiday traditions which can make people become further depressed. Here are some tips to help you through the holiday season.

1. Donate your time to a charity to give back and help others in need. This will also allow you to start a new holiday tradition which is beneficial to you and those benefiting from your service.

2. Reach out to friends or family for support. This is especially important for people who do not like to be alone during the holidays.

3. Start new holiday traditions.  This can be as simple as eating out at a restaurant, going to a movie or going outdoors for an excursion.

4. Co-parent with your ex-spouse.  Try to make an extra effort to co-parent so your children feel loved and cherished by both parents. It is very important to not say anything negative about the other parent in front of your children. Doing so will only add to your child’s holiday stress level.

5. If you and your ex-spouse are not speaking then remember that it is extremely important that both of you follow the court order regarding child custodial pick up and drop off.  Failure to do so will only add to everyone’s stress level.

I hope this helps families during the holiday season.  Please call Attorney Keith F. Simpson if you have any questions regarding divorce at (310) 297-9090 or visit his website at