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Child Arrangements for Christmas and the New Year

 November 2023

As Christmas lights and decorations spring up in homes and shops, worries about where children will spend the festive season are in the minds of many separated parents.

The time to open a discussion about those arrangements and reach a resolution is now.

The Christmas holiday brings a huge change of routine and parenting arrangements that work well for the rest of the year can prove inadequate when the schools break up in December.

Even those with well-established routines can find it a struggle to work out which parent the child will spend time with on which days.

There are other matters to consider as well:

  • How will the child be able to see grandparents and other extended family members?
  • How might a parent’s new partner fit into the equation?
  • What about all the travel arrangements, and how they will be funded?

Initial Discussion

This summary provides general information and does not constitute legal advice on any individual circumstances. 

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Child Arrangements

The stresses can mount up, leading to long-standing resentments between the parents resurfacing. It can lead to Christmas being anything other than a time of joy for many separated families.

Our mediators Jane-Louise Burows and Kate Newton are often asked for help by separated parents who cannot agree between themselves what will work best for the children during the school break.

The time they will spend with each parent during this period can be tricky to agree and, as we head into December, the stress levels rise.

Jane-Louise and Kate can help separated parents work out a plan that fits their unique family circumstances, and our advice is to get in touch soon. Don’t leave it until the last minute.

Making the arrangements in good time will give certainty to both parents, bringing you peace of mind. And it means the children know what is coming in the weeks ahead, giving them the best chance of having a happy Christmas break.

Mediation allows the parties to stay in control, as no one will be made to do or agree to anything against their wishes. Unlike in a courtroom, both partners can agree to a solution rather than have a judge decide for them.

How Can Fullers Help?

We understand that finding a solicitor or mediator that you feel understands your own specific situation can be a daunting task. So, you can book a free call back with us here.

We have also created a series of fixed-price consultation meetings with a full ‘no questions asked’ money-back guarantee promise.

To arrange an interview, or for more information, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on 01234 343134, filling in the contact form below, or emailing us at and a member of our team will get back to you.

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