Planning for the Holidays / Avoiding Stress When Co-Parenting

Available for Interviews: Teddi Ann Barry

Teddy Ann Barry, Esq. is a family attorney and writer who has been serving families through divorce and custody and has been practicing family law for over twenty years, and also comes with a wealth of experience in mediation and collaborative law. She is also the author of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Divorce in Colorado.

What Teddi Ann Barry can say in an interview on
Co-Parenting Holiday Planning:

Sure your kids just got back to school, but do you know what’s happening for the holidays?  Taking time to figure it out now will help everyone enjoy the fall and holidays more. Now that you have your children’s school calendar for the year, sit down with your parenting plan or court orders and determine the following:

  1. Is anyone planning to travel for the holidays?  How much advance notice does a parent need to provide? Do the travel plans overlap the other parent’s parenting time? Do you have to make up time in advance? What is the Court ordered or agreed-upon deadline to exchange the travel itinerary and information with the other parent?
  2. Are the Fall Breaks and days off school addressed in your parenting plan? If not, who will have the kids? Who is responsible for transportation?  When will they return? Do you have to arrange work schedules or child care?
  3. Is Halloween recognized as a holiday in your plan or court orders?  Depending on the age of the kids or the day of the week, will the kids be with each of you or just one of you?
  4. Is Thanksgiving part of a school break or different? Do the kids alternate the day or the entire school break? Is travel or exchanges known and agreed upon?  Is anyone planning to have family in town and needs to discuss an agreement to modify the previously agreed upon or court-ordered schedule?
  5. Do your orders or agreement address the Christmas holiday separately from the 2-week holiday break? What will be the date and time of the exchanges? Do the children have other activities/sports that need to be considered?

If you are finding that your agreed-upon parenting plan or court orders lack the helpful specifics needed for a less stressful and joyful holiday season, communication is key when co-parenting so you can design together a plan that is best for your child and keep stress levels down.


Interview: Teddi Ann Barry

Teddi Ann Barry, Esq. is the Founder of Teddy Ann Barry, PSC., and has been an attorney for over twenty years. Other areas of law practiced are mediation and collaborative law. Teddy is based in the Cherry Creek office and practices family law exclusively. She is also the author of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Divorce in Colorado: Get In, Get Out, Get Over It.

Teddy is a former guardian ad litem and Respondent parents’ counsel, representing the best interests of children placed in the custody of the State and the parents accused of abuse and neglect of their children by the State.

As an alumna of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for both her undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees, Teddy is proud to have been educated at Creighton University which is one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities throughout the country, that teaches, among many wonderful values, service.  I have been serving others in family law since 2000.

Teddy has been a business owner for over 17 years and continues to build a firm with experienced and well-respected professionals who can offer the highest level of client care, advocacy, skilled negotiation, and litigation if and when absolutely necessary.


Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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