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When two people separate from one another whether they are married or not it is an extremely difficult time for all involved particularly, children.
In most situations, parents will do all that they can to minimise the effects of separation on children. Children may have to adapt to living somewhere different to where they have been used to and splitting their time between their parents. In some cases, parents reach an agreement that the time that the children spend with each parent is shared or split in a way to suit the children however, making arrangements for the children at Christmas can be extremely challenging.
Everyone has a different idea and perception of what amounts to the perfect Christmas. For some, the most important part Christmas is spending time with their family and children. How does this work for a separated family? Making the arrangements for Christmas and reaching an agreement in this regard can be difficult. It can be hard to equally split such a special day or period of time however, the starting point has to be what is in the best interests of the child or children rather than the parents.
It is important for children to have a positive relationship with their parents and spend time with them both. Many people have different suggestions as to Christmas arrangements that range from sharing Christmas Day equally or alternating arrangements so that the children spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with one parent and the remainder of Christmas Day and Boxing Day with the other. This then alternates the year after. Again, it is important that any arrangements are in the best interests of the child or children and that they are the forefront of the decision making.
At Ramsdens, we understand that it can be difficult to reach agreements where emotions run high and both parents have different ideas as to what they believe is in the best interests of the children and fair. Our Family Law Solicitors are members of Resolution and approach all matters in a non-confrontational way to assist clients in resolving issues as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We can provide help and advice in relation to the long term living arrangements for children as well as arrangements for special occasions such as, Christmas, birthdays and holidays.
If you would like to speak to a member of our team regarding matters relating to your children then please call us to book a free 30 minute appointment at any of our 12 offices today. Call us free on 08000 147720.