Instead of Christmas being a happy time for families, the Christmas period can be a time of conflict for separated parents and their children.
Christmas is a time of heightened emotions for many people and this may result in people saying and doing things that are out of character.
There may be a perceived failure on the part of one or both parents to comply with an agreement, parenting plan or order, leading to arguments between parents and other relatives.
It is usual for changeover between parents to occur on Christmas Day; a time when the exchange of presents and sharing Christmas lunch and dinner with family is special and important. The Christmas ritual may prevent a parent from fulfilling their promise to comply with arrangements for the children to spend time with the other parent.
Some separated families may get through the Christmas period without much conflict but have disagreements about contact arrangements in the ensuing holiday period.
In some cases, one parent may refuse to allow the other to have contact with the children at all during the Christmas period or during the holiday period.
If you find yourself in this situation, we recommend that you obtain legal advice from our family lawyer Caroline Granger, who is available for appointments from 7 January 2018.
An urgent application for parenting orders may be required.
Robertson Hyetts Office is closed from 21 December 2018 and will re-open Monday 7 January 2019.