Making the decision to separate or divorce is not easy, especially when there are children involved. You could be feeling a sense of shock, sadness or anger as well as worrying about how your separation will affect your children and relationships with family and friends. There are probably financial and practical worries bubbling away too. A distressing time becomes overwhelming if your ex-partner says they are going to stop you from having contact with your children. There are many reasons for this, and contact denial can happen at any time – not just immediately after separation or divorce.
Here we talk about what you can do to make sure child access arrangements are fair to everybody, and most importantly, that your children’s welfare is at the core.
You can almost hear the squeals of delight that will echo when the last school bell and the kids scramble out the door to start their summer holidays. Your feelings might match that excitement if you’re fortunate enough to be able to take work off and enjoy extra time with your child or children.
For separated parents, though, it can also be a stressful period, particularly if your ex-partner isn’t open to sharing the holidays and your arrangements don’t go according to plan. Below we talk through some steps separated parents can take in the lead up to the school holidays to avoid disagreements and disappointment.
Divorce and separation can have a huge impact on families, especially on any children involved. Family Solicitor, Gareth Morris Jones (insert link) shares what parents and other adults need to know when issues such as where the child should live or how much contact they will have with the ‘non-resident parent’ arise. Other issues might include maintaining a relationship with the extended family members (such as Grandparents), or the child’s welfare.