The Festive Period: Fun or Fighting?
At MannBenham we understand that Christmas can often be a difficult time of year for separated parents who both want to enjoy this special time with their children, but not necessarily together! To make things run smoothly over the festive period we have some suggestions that can help make things less stressful:
- Try to agree, well in advance and not the day before, specific dates and times for contact to take place to ensure everyone can make their own, uninterrupted, plans with the children.
- Make sure the plans are in the children’s best interests, not what is just convenient for you. Your children will probably have exciting school activities on, or may want to see extended family in person; stopping them from doing so may risk upsetting them as well as making things difficult between everyone else.
- On the ‘big days’, for example Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, if you can’t reach an agreement on who the children should spend time with consider splitting the day in half and alternating this annually.
It is best to discuss these arrangements well in advance, but it’s never too late to start!
At MannBenham our Family Law Team appreciate that it may not be that simple for everyone and if you are unable to communicate directly we’d be happy to assist. This time of year is often important to everyone and if an agreement can’t be reached then this can provoke emotional reactions from all parties. It is so important to remember that whatever the dispute, the children should not be exposed to the conflict.
Our dedicated team of Family Advocates would be happy to help you in any way they can, so contact the office today on 01624 639350 or email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free initial consultation.