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Legal News | 13.12.21

Christmas is a time for… sharing?

Top three tips for co-parenting at Christmas

As we jingle all the way towards Christmas, we would like to offer our top three tips for effective co-parenting/shared caring over the festive period.

Top Three Tips for Co-Parenting / Shared Caring over Christmas

  1. Communication – one of the most frequent reasons for the downfall of a successful co-parenting relationship is a breakdown in communication. It is important that communication between carers is clear and coherent. To prevent misunderstandings from occurring, we would advise that arrangements be made in advance, ideally in writing by message or email, so that transport, activities, etc. can be confirmed.
  2. Cooperation – we appreciate that however good-natured and organised your plans are, it is likely that that the unexpected will happen. In the event of this, we encourage you to work together to reach an amicable solution. Whilst we understand that last-minute changes of plan can often upset the balance of your festive period, we would recommend that you take a child-focused approach to your decision-making.
  3. Compromise – if you are struggling to reach an arrangement that is agreeable to all parties, don’t forget that what you do together will be more important to your children than when you do it. We appreciate that the festive season can be filled with emotion and it can be difficult to have to change your usual arrangements but we reiterate the importance of finding a child-friendly solution.

Whilst navigating child arrangements during the festive period can be difficult for adults, it is often strange and unsettling for the children involved. Whatever the final arrangements, we encourage you to be present in the time that you do have and to focus on creating a positive atmosphere. And above all, have a very special Christmas.

If you need any support or advice with a family matter please do get in touch with us at mail@wansbroughs.com or telephone us on 01380 733300.


Posted By Our Divorce & Separation Team