Christmas for separated families can be difficult

Christmas for separated families

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 early family law advice regards separation arrangements at Christmas.

You are welcome to contact our experienced Brisbane Family Lawyers or our North Brisbane family lawyers. We can assist you in all areas of family law, whether for parenting arrangements or property settlement. We are happy to give you some complimentary advice on your first call to us.  You are also welcome to read on for further information right now about arrangements for Christmas………

When thinking about arrangements over Christmas for your children,  you will obviously want to consider what is in their best interests. For most families, this will be the children celebrating at least some of the Christmas period with each parent. For other families, issues surrounding Christmas for separated families may arise where family members live some distance from one another or are travelling over that time.

It will be too late come November or early December to obtain a Court date and seek orders prior to Christmas for separated families. However, our Brisbane Family Lawyers and Family Lawyers Northside anyway recommend keeping out of court where possible. We will provide you with advice and other options for trying to work out your Christmas and holiday parenting plans.

We want to help separated families at Christmas 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.

Contact our child custody lawyers Brisbane and our child custody lawyers Brisbane Northside for advice concerning any any area of family law, including parenting arrangements and property division. Our goal is to assist our clients to reach agreement with their former partner without going to Court. We will provide you with constructive advice how best to seek that outcome with your former partner. If however court action is necessary, we are ready to represent you effectively at Court.

The information set out in this blog is not a substitute for legal advice. We recommend that you obtain advice tailored to your particular circumstances from LGM family lawyers Brisbane.