With Christmas approaching, you might be worried about sorting out the arrangements for the festive period and the time that your children will spend with you if you are separated or divorced.
It is important that children can have a meaningful relationship with both parents if it is safe and it is likely going to be best for your children if you can reach an agreement about Christmas plans together.
If you are unable to reach an agreement about the time the children spend with you at Christmas, you could consider attending mediation. Mediation is where an independent, professionally trained mediator helps you and the other parent explore ways of reaching an agreement.
We have good relationships with accredited mediators who we can put you in touch with to provide you with the right information and support.
We would encourage parents to discuss Christmas arrangements at an early stage to avoid any last-minute arguments.
We have included below some tips to consider when making plans for Christmas arrangements with the other parent:
Here are some common examples of arrangements:
If you are unable to reach an agreement, then you can ask the courts to consider the arrangements and we can advise you about the best way of doing this.
If you have been unable to reach an agreement with the other parent or are struggling to compromise, you should consult a family solicitor. Your solicitor can provide you with further advice and guidance when negotiating with the other parent. Your solicitor may suggest the following:
Our experienced team of Family Law Solicitors are experts in dealing with matters concerning children and making applications for a Child Arrangements Order. We understand that the Christmas period causes considerable stress and concern for separated parents. If you require advice, please contact our Family Law Team below.