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 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 a mediation service. Mediation is where an independent, professionally trained mediator helps you and the other parent explore ways of reaching agreement.

We have good relationships with local mediators and counsellors who will be able to provide you with the right information and support.

If you can’t reach agreement, then you can ask the courts to consider the arrangements and we can advise you about the best way of doing this.

Some tips to consider when sorting out Christmas arrangements with the other parent:

  • Discuss Christmas arrangements as early as possible, so you can make plans for the festive period
  • Consider if any of the usual arrangements will need to be varied over the Christmas period
  • Give each other reasonable notice of any plans or issues;
  • Address the other parent respectfully in front of the children
  • Try not to have arguments or heated discussions in front of the children
  • Try to listen to each other’s opinions and ideas.

The family team at Myerson are members of Resolution with specialist accreditations in respect of children matters.

We want to help the separated parents we work with to put the best interest of their children first. If you require advice you can contact one of our family law solicitors on 0161 941 4000 or email us at lawyers@myerson.co.uk