19 Aug 2019
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101 Answers About Separating With Children is a new book designed to help those parents who are separated with a myriad of issues relating to Family Law. Partner Chris Fairhurst has contributed a chapter entitled "Do I have to do all the driving?", advising separated parents how to make reasonable and sensible decisions regarding children travelling between two homes, including the option of going to Court.
Chris' advice comes from more than 20 years experience as a Family Law solicitor. He has dealt with a multitude of cases which have included this issue. Here's an example of some of the eminently sensible advice he gives: "If both parents drive, or have access to a car, could you negotiate one picks up and the other drops off? Or alternate trips? If the ex won't negotiate, then its better the children see you trying to be reasonable, and just doing the driving. Children almost always invariably understand what's happening, and, when they are able, will voice their views.
"They will also learn from your actions to be reasonable in the face of unreasonable behaviour.
"Don't bitch about the other parent to them: just take it on the chin."
“If you can make a concession to help the situation, then you may find it helps discussions about something else further down the line.”
Chris Fairhurst, partner
Chris (centre) is pictured at the launch of 101 Questions Answered with Bob Greig and Rebecca Giraud, directors of OnlyMums and OnlyDads.
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