Stone King: Co-Parenting and Christmas Arrangements

Christmas, as with other special occasions, may cause stress and tension for separated parents. Whilst a change may mean the usual routine is disrupted, it’s important that parents try to minimise any conflict when agreeing changes.

Parents should make every effort to try and be flexible with plans; this may mean altering current child arrangements Plan ahead and come to an amicable agreement in plenty of time for the upcoming festive period. Your children will likely want to spent quality time with you both and it’s important that you respect the other parent’s time with the children.

Gifts are often part and parcel of Christmas. Encourage your children to put together a gift such as a card or a drawing. This can be challenging if the separation is recent but try to remind yourself that it is important for your children to have healthy and close relationships with both parents.

Above all, enjoy the holidays and ensure there is time for the family to recuperate after what may have been a difficult year.

Words by Chloe Taylor, Chartered Legal Executive; Family and Mediation team.

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