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Celebrating your child’s birthday after divorce

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Child Custody |

Birthdays are fun for children, and they look forward to theirs all year. Don’t let your divorce ruin the fun. Talk to your ex about the best way to honor the day. You should be able to find a peaceful answer if you work together.

Ask your child what they want to do. Hopefully, you and your ex-spouse can work on it together without fighting. If everyone cooperates, your child will have a wonderful celebration.

Types of birthday celebrations that work for divorced families

Most birthdays are celebrated with parties. However, you may need to find alternative ways to celebrate following divorce. Here are some ideas:

  • Host one big party and invite family and friends. This is a great way to celebrate if you and your ex-spouse get along or are at least civil with each other. Choose a neutral venue, such as a movie theater, bowling alley, or recreation center. You and your ex won’t have to worry about setting up or cleaning up after the party if it is held in a neutral location. All you have to do is show up and celebrate, leaving the birthday child with some wonderful memories.
  • Share the day. Take your child to a brunch and a movie or a shopping spree. Then, allow your ex to take your child for the evening.
  • Plan separate events if you and your ex don’t get along. Consider the following options:
  • Host a different birthday celebration each year for yourself, and your ex can do the same. Your child might enjoy having two parties!
  • Take turns hosting the celebration each year. For example, let your ex-spouse host the party in odd-numbered years, and then you can host in even-numbered years.

Divorce is never easy for families. However, you should attempt to reconcile your differences for your child’s birthday. If you cannot agree on how to proceed, seek guidance to help you develop a plan.