Christmas can be a tricky time for parents who are divorced or separated. Naturally both parents want to spend the holiday with their children, but there will usually need to be compromises. Here we share our tips to help the whole family to enjoy the festive season.
For most people the last year has been challenging. Sadly, the pandemic has caused a rise in divorce and separation. Relationship breakdowns are tough, and they are especially complicated when child arrangements are involved.
Relationship breakdown is tough and when child arrangements are involved it is especially complicated. If you’re a parent who has separated or divorced and you are not able to see your children at all, or not as often as you would like, it can be devastating. You might feel that you are being prevented from maintaining a healthy relationship with your children and excluded from decisions involving them. It’s common for parents to disagree about child arrangements - in just the last quarter of 2018, the Ministry of Justice received 12,000 child arrangement cases.
You may have only just finished getting rid of those last, stubborn granules of sand that pocketed themselves from your last summer holiday (where do they keep coming from?), but that time of the year is nearly upon us again. Just a few more weeks and school will be out, which can be terribly exciting for kids, but can be enough to make parents order double-shot espressos – when they don’t even drink coffee. And, if you’re divorced, the summer holidays can be enough to tip you into caffeine-addiction territory.