7 Aug 2019
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In a memorable Christmas episode of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’, Dawn French spends Christmas Day eating multiple huge Christmas dinners. She does so in order to not upset her parishioners who want their vicar to spend the special day with them.
In a similar way, the children of separated parents often spend their time travelling between homes – each parent making the day as happy as possible. Many young people will enjoy ‘double’ celebrations and receive extra presents.
But what happens if you can’t agree contact at Christmas, and what are your options? Many family lawyers start getting requests for advice on the issue shortly after the October half term ends. The end of year break is the next major school holiday and parents who don’t live with their children are keen to sort out arrangements.
"The vast majority of separated couples are able to sort Christmas out, and it is much better having a plan that you both agree with rather than one that might be imposed by a court."
Nick Hodson, partner
Ultimately, if there is no option, you can apply to the court for a child arrangements order. December is a very busy month for the courts so any application must not be left too late. At the court hearing, the judge or magistrates will try and broker an agreement that meets the needs of the children. Their welfare will be the court’s paramount consideration. So, if you are experiencing difficulties agreeing the arrangements for your children over Christmas, please speak to an experienced family law solicitor who will help you in trying to achieve the best possible outcome.
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