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Whether you are newly divorced or in the thick of divorce proceedings, the approaching holidays can put you in a funk or have you behaving in ways that just aren’t you. Everything has changed, and now all the traditions you had with your ex and...
3 weeksago
Divorce is stressful for everyone in a family. The emotional turmoil a child can experience is especially distressing. To prevent unnecessary suffering, some parents stay together for the sake of their kids; others simply have no choice but to split up. Either way, children feel...
December 3, 2014
7 yearsago

Blended FamilyHolidays can be highly charged occasions in the best of times, but when you’re celebrating Christmas with your newly blended family, emotions are inevitably heightened. So how do you make it work when your kids will be putting up two trees in two homes? When you’re mixing your children with your new spouse’s children? When traditions clash? Blending a family takes time. That first Christmas together can be awkward and challenging, especially when one or both families have gone through a recent divorce.

Be Patient

Patience is key in all things involving your children and new relationships, including a child’s acceptance of the situation, respect for a new authority figure, and tolerance of a holiday with new people. You may be delighted to have a new spouse who you love and adore, and you may have visions of a heartwarming Christmas in a full house with everyone getting along. This is the ideal situation, but you would be wise lower your expectations – if everyone is civil and gets along, consider it a win.

Determine Discipline

Children are excited on Christmas and this slight mania can sometimes lead to the need for a scolding. Your kids no doubt balk at the discipline you dish out, let alone any commands that may come from someone who isn’t “one of us.” Decide early on who will be disciplining the children. You may encounter less resistance if the biological parent sets the decrees for their own children and the stepparent acts as a support. Make it clear to your kids that your new spouse isn’t attempting to replace their biological parent, but to simply connect with their new family members and become another trusted adult in their life.

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Respect Feelings

You undoubtedly want to coax as much joy out of your children as possible on Christmas, but allow your kids to experience their sadness without making them feel guilty or forcing them to show an emotion they don’t actually feel. A Christmas season without a biological parent there during pivotal moments – decorating the tree, hanging stockings, visiting Santa, opening gifts, eating special meals – is difficult.

Be Realistic

If everyone gets through the holiday with few tears, arguing, or tantrums, then you’re doing better than most families, blended or otherwise. Your family, no matter how many new people are in it, is still a family, and families come with messiness no matter how they’re formed. Appreciate the new people to love in your life, and strive to create a balanced home. Over time, the new will become the norm, your blended family will form traditions all its own, and this adjustment period will feel like a thing of the past.

If you are in the process of contemplating a divorce, contact Femminineo Attorneys in Mt. Clemens, MI, to schedule your no-cost initial interview and discuss what’s ahead for you and your family.


What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

Family Law Expertise

Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

Strong Relationships

We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.


Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

We Care

Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.


Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.


Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.


We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.


When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

Expert Staff

Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.

Personal Service

At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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