With Christmas school holidays starting soon, it is important that plans for separated parents to spend time with their children over the Christmas holidays have been put in place. Christmas can be a highly emotional time and the possibility of not spending time with your children results in considerable upset and anxiety. Agreeing arrangements can be difficult, if not impossible.
It is important to plan to see the children as soon as possible. This may not be possible where there is little communication. Text messages or emails may enable arrangements to be agreed where both parents are able to consider what their children want and to put their needs first.
It is not unusual for one or both parents to have to work during the school holidays and to want to spend time with the children when they are not working. They may expect the other parent to provide child care when they are working. It is not always easy to agree a compromise.
With the assistance of a Family Mediator the arrangements can be discussed, and workable arrangements agreed without the need to ask a Judge to decide.
If the arrangements cannot be agreed a Family Lawyer can advise you on the next steps that can be taken.
Angela O’Neill, our Family Lawyer/Family Mediator can provide initial information to help you decide about what you should do if you find you have not been able to agree the arrangements for your children over the Christmas period.
Please call and ask to speak to Angela on 01229 583291.