Christmas is a time for joy and celebration, and for families with children to create magical memories they will cherish forever. But for parents who are in the midst of divorce or separation it can be one of toughest times, with one side facing the prospect of not spending this special day with the children. For separating or divorcing parents, coming to a decision as to who will get to have the children on Christmas Day can be the first big hurdle they have to face and is often fraught with tension and emotion.
Here are our top Christmas contact tips to ensure you and your family can enjoy a harmonious festive season:
Plan in advance
Now is the time to start planning your arrangements. Communicate calmly and respectfully with the other parent and work together to decide the best plan of action to suit your family. Co-parenting is the key to a successful and stress-free Christmas.
Christmas Day comes around every year and there will be another Christmas. It is likely that both you and your ex-partner will want to spend the first Christmas after separation, and others after that, with your children. However, it is often fairest to alternate from one year to the next. If you are without your children this Christmas, take the time to relax and enjoy the time to yourself.
Agree between the two of you who will be responsible for drop-off and collection. Ensure that handover times for contact are prearranged and be sure to stick to them to avoid unnecessary conflict or stress.
Contact the professionals
If you and your ex-partner are struggling to come to an agreement, contact a solicitor that specialises in family law. A family law solicitor can help to mediate the situation and arrange a Shared Parenting Agreement, which will enable you to solidify your parenting arrangements with your family’s best interests in mind.
Start planning for a Merry Christmas now by calling the specialist family law solicitors at Edward Hayes on 01243 781431 for the Chichester office or 020 7353 0011 for London. Alternatively, visit the Edward Hayes contact page for details of our other offices around the country.