Christmas for separated families can be difficult

Christmas for separated families can pose particular challenges. The understandable desire of separated parents to spend this time with their children can lead to disputes over the arrangements for the children.

If a dispute has arisen in relation to your Christmas and holiday arrangements for the children, we recommend that you obtain the immediate advice of our Family Lawyers Brisbane and North Brisbane Family Lawyers.

It is our strong recommendation that when considering your proposal for what arrangements should be in place for Christmas and the holidays is that you should consider what is in the best interests of your children in line with the Family Law Act 1975.  For most families this will be the children celebrating this time with both parents (although for most, this will be separately).  For other families, issues surrounding Christmas for separated families may arise where family members live some distance from one another or are travelling, wanting to have the opportunity to communicate on the day and then celebrating earlier or later.

Whilst it is too late come November or early December to obtain a Court date  and seek orders prior to Christmas for separated families, our Brisbane Family Lawyers and Family Lawyers Northside can provide you with advice and other options for trying to work out your Christmas and holiday parenting plans.

We want to help you through Christmas for separated families so our Brisbane Family Lawyers and North Brisbane Family Lawyers have the following tips for co-parenting at Christmas:

  • If you don’t have an agreement, parenting plan or orders which provide for arrangements for Christmas and the holidays, talk to your former spouse as soon as possible about what is to happen, don’t leave it till Christmas Eve.
  • If you are doing a changeover on Christmas Day, don’t spoil the day for the children (and for yourselves) by arguing with your former spouse.
  • If you and your former partner still communicate well – coordinate your gifts (So Santa doesn’t mess up and buy 2 of the same gift);
  • Don’t try to outdo your former partner, particularly with gifts for the children.
  • Be on time for your changeovers, this is particularly so if you meet at a neutral location or at a halfway point. You don’t want to be waiting in a hot car.
  • If you have to drive for changeovers – be sober!
  • If your children don’t have the opportunity to spend time on Christmas Day with their other parent, encourage them to phone, Skype, Facetime etc the other parent.
  • Your children may miss their other parent more than usual on Christmas Day, allow them to contact the other parent if suitable, distract with Christmas activities,
  • Think about arrangements for future Christmases soon.
  • If separation from your children during the Christmas period is difficult for you, seek assistance from family, friends and professionals. You are not alone.

If you need help with issues surrounding Christmas for separated families, your co-parenting arrangements for Christmas or any other family law matter, contact us today for your family law fixed fee Initial Consultation with our Brisbane Family Lawyers and North Brisbane Family Lawyers.