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Navigating Through the Holidays as a Divorcee

The holidays are right around the corner and you can’t deny that you feel it in the air somehow. People are starting to be a little cheerier, friends are sharing photos of their holiday preparations, the places you go to are starting to have a little more festive décor. Yes, it’s almost that time of the year again. And whether you love it or dread it, it’s really unavoidable. So, why not just enjoy it? Everyone’s welcome to enjoy the season after all. Even if you’re divorced.

Sort Out Your Plans

Navigating the holiday season while divorced may seem a little daunting, especially if it’s your first one as a divorcee. But don’t let that fool you, because it’s not as hard as you think. Just because you’re divorced doesn’t mean you can’t spend the holidays with family, or friends too. If you want to go out, then chances are you should! Make plans! If you aren’t spending time with your kids or your ex, you can always make plans to spend time with your family. For all you know, maybe your parents or relatives would love to have you over.

If that isn’t enough, you can also make plans with your other friends and spend some time during the holidays with them. It’s that time of the year where everyone just seems way more cheerful. Don’t think that you can’t be part of it too. Share in that lighthearted spirit and do something fun!

Gift Yourself

You can take this literally or figuratively. Either way, it’s something that we think you should do. The year’s almost over and it’s probably been tough on you. Whether it’s work, personal issues, and everything in between, you most likely went through some tough times this year. That’s why it’s good to reward yourself too. You made it this far, after all. And what better way to do that than to get into the festive spirit and be kind to yourself. Just because you’ve been through a lot this year doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to be happy too. It’s the holidays, after all! You deserve something good for yourself too.

Whether the holidays are your thing or not, chances are you still wouldn’t want to spend it being sad over something. And while it’s okay to feel those things sometimes, you also need to be kind to yourself too and give yourself some love. It’s the holiday season! Make the most out of all the lightheartedness of the season and make sure you find something to do that you’ll enjoy. Just because you’re divorced doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at

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