Now that it is the autumn, it is perhaps not too early to think of Christmas.
For many parents the festive season is a special time of year.
However, memories attached to Christmas can make it a trying time after a divorce or separation.
In an ideal world, it would be great to be able to share Christmas with the children, but circumstances can often make this arrangement difficult.
From a family law perspective it is very important that you plan your contact and visiting arrangements in a timely manner before the hectic Christmas period.
Ideally, start discussing the situation with your children’s other parent as early as possible, to give yourself plenty of time to come to an arrangement about times and days to see the children.
If you are on amicable terms with your former partner, sit down together with your diaries to record what is agreed to avoid future disputes.
If not, use an impartial third party or solicitor to liaise over access and put it in writing.
Think about how to divide your children’s time over the period. Is having the children over on Christmas Day every other year a good idea or would it be better for your children to have two Christmases; one with each parent?
A little planning well before the holiday season starts can avoid a lot of unnecessary stress and arguments.
Our experienced family solicitors are on hand to help you. They have a wide range of expertise and experience to offer you the best guidance. We will do what we can to help you reach a fair outcome as quickly as possible.
Remember Christmas is only a few days out of the whole year. It can be a time of great joy and happiness for your family, so be prepared to be flexible and try to remember to put the children first.