If you are going through a divorce in Texas, the holidays may not seem as bright and special as they once did. After all, this is supposed to be a time for family, and you may feel like your family is coming apart. However, if you have children, it is important to take steps to make sure that they can still enjoy this time.

For one thing, you may want to consider staying together as a family, even though you and your spouse know that you will soon be splitting up. This eliminates distractions for the children and allows them to have more fun during the Christmas season.

What you do not want to do is to make your children spend most of their holiday time in the back seat of a car, riding from one house to the next. There can be a temptation to send them back and forth, but this can detract from their experience. Do not let the distance of a divorce mean that they do not get to settle down at all.

You also do not want to compete with your spouse when it comes to presents. Do not constantly try to one-up the other or make the children pick who they want to spend their time with more.

As with any divorce, the children have to come first. You want everything that you do to be in the name of finding their best interests.

While the process moves forward, make sure that you know exactly what legal rights and obligations you have this holiday season, especially as they pertain to a parenting plan and child custody.