Christmas can be a joyful, family filled time but for others it can be a time of stress and tension. For separated parents it can be particularly difficult as they may need to discuss when and where the children will spend the Christmas period and negotiate the time each parent gets to enjoy with their children.
Emotions can run high during this period with parents often feeling fraught due to the extra activities and tasks the festive season brings.
We are regularly contacted by parents at this time of year with queries surrounding the Christmas arrangements for their children and how best to negotiate these with their ex-partner. In addition, the Covid 19 pandemic has complicated the process and made the experience even more challenging for many.
The Court’s view is that arrangements concerning children should not be brought to Court unless absolutely necessary. If possible the arrangements should be agreed and negotiated between the parents. Parents should also remember there are other options to assist parents in communicating with a difficult ex-partner such as mediation and parenting co-ordination.
Here are some tips on managing the process with an ex-partner regarding time spent with the children at Christmas.
Communication between separated parents can be difficult. Resolution has put together a helpful guide which aims to give separated parents access to information to support them through their parenting journey. The guide can be found by clicking this link
For advice on arrangements concerning children please do not hesitate to contact one of our Family Team on 01423 566 666
Published on 10 December 2021