Christmas and New Year should be joyous and a happy time, however, unfortunately for divorced and separated parents it can be an extremely difficult time. The question of where and how their children will spend their time with each parent can cause tension and overshadow the enjoyment of this time of year.
Here at Wrigley Claydon, we would like to share our top tips regarding child arrangements during Christmas and New Year:
- Communication is key
Attempt to openly and amicably agree a suitable arrangement that works best for both of you. Although sometimes it can be difficult, aim to be fair to your partner. Try to put yourself in their shoes and see if you would be happy with the arrangements that you proposed.
- Keep your children as the focus
It is easy to for your own wishes to cloud your judgement, however, it is important to keep your child’s best interests at heart and ensure their happiness is put first. Talk positively around them and be open with them regarding plans, this will help make them feel safe and secure.
- Stick to your arrangement
Once you have made a plan that works for everyone it is important to stick to it. Last minute changes in plans can cause feelings of uneasiness and disruption for children. Although, flexibility is always required when dealing with childcare arrangements, stability is also just as important. You must find a balance.
- Get professional advice
At Wrigley Claydon we understand that this time of year is particularly turbulent when attempting to co-parent. Therefore, if you are struggling to make childcare arrangements take advice from one of our experienced family solicitors who will assist you in negotiating an agreement that works for all parties.
If you require legal assistance don’t hesitate to contact us on 0161 624 6811, where a member of our family law department will be happy to help you through this particularly hectic and difficult time.
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