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Divorce, blended families can add stress to holiday season

Most people look forward to the holiday season, including those who have gone through a divorce or are part of a family in which this type of separation has happened in the past. Although divorce and blended families can lead to added stress during the holiday season, there are steps those in this situation can take to ensure that they make it through this joyous time of the year without inflicting any emotional harm.

It doesn't matter if you are one of our Virginia readers or live somewhere else in the United States, Christmas is one of the most exciting, yet stressful, times of the year. Those who have gone through divorce in the past or are dealing with this within their family, often run into additional trouble.

For families with step-relatives, for example, the holiday season can be a giant challenge because of the many complications that this brings. It can be a lot to juggle everything from which gifts to purchase to who to invite for Christmas dinner.

According to a 2010 survey by the Pew Research Center, more than 40 percent of adults in the U.S. have at least one step-relative, which can include both stepchildren and stepparents.

There is no denying the fact that divorce and blended families can add stress to the holiday season; however, those who take the right approach can avoid additional issues that may arise. This can go a long way in making everybody more comfortable during the holidays. This is especially important to families with children. If you feel that your child custody arrangement needs changes, a qualified family law attorney may be the best place to start. Don't wait until the holiday season is upon you to think about what the coming weeks may bring.

Source:  Omaha.com, "Blended families can add emotional stress to the holidays" Michael O'Connor, Dec. 21, 2013

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