Christmas and New Years are right around the corner, and some Massachusetts couples are still debating whether to announce their intention to divorce. After all, it can be difficult to continue to pretend that everything is fine just because it is the holiday season. However, there are some things to consider before announcing a divorce over a holiday dinner.
No matter how amicable a divorce may be, it is still a painful experience for everyone involved, especially children. The changes that occur during this time can have emotional ramifications for everyone for quite some time. Associating the holidays with that pain may put an unforeseen stigma on the holidays for years to come. Many Massachusetts parents would agree that they would not want their children to forever associate the holidays with the divorce.
Unless safety is an issue, it may be better to wait until the holidays are over before making such a life-changing announcement. It can be challenging, but in the long-term, it can preserve the holidays for the children and parents alike. Future holidays will have their own set of challenges without adding to them the memory of such a heartbreaking announcement.
Announcing a divorce is never an easy task, no matter what time of year it is. Changes are inevitable and many questions need to be answered regarding issues such as who the children will live with and where. Using that same strength that it took to make the decision to end the marriage to get through one last holiday season as a married couple could make a difference in the lives of the parents and the children.
Source: Huffington Post, 5 Things to Know Before Asking for a Divorce During the Holidays, Michelle Crosby, Dec. 15, 2013