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Christmas contact with your children

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Christmas contact with your children- how many sleepless nights to go?


Christmas is an exciting and happy time although for some families it can be a stressful time. Separated parents can disagree about which parent should have the children to stay over Christmas, particularly in the first Christmas after they separated. If there is no agreement the courts may need to intervene to make decisions including the arrangements for holiday contact.

Each case will be determined on the facts involved. The courts duty is to achieve an arrangement best for the child and will consider the “welfare checklist” to aid a decision about the child’s best interests. If the parents live close to each other, Christmas day may be shared with the child spending half the day with each parent. Another approach is to alternate the arrangements so the child might spend Christmas eve and Christmas day with one parent one year and with the other parent the following year. For very young children the importance of locus to the chimney Santa will effect entry and egress by may be key.

In the run up to Christmas the family court can be busy dealing with unhappy disputes about Christmas arrangements for children to see each parent. Try to agree the arrangements well in advance or seek an out of Court resolution. Cheshire based firm Stonehewer Moss are experienced in negotiation of child disputes. Accredited specialist Michael Brennan said, “After 25 years resolving child contact disputes, I anticipate helping anxious parents sort out this issue every December. How many sleeps to Christmas can have a different feel for a worried parent, especially those recently separated.”

For advice, to negotiate or for representation in Court telephone 01606 872200 e mail or visit

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