Arrangements for children at Christmas

2 November 2022
Susan Alexander, Consultant Solicitor

Christmas time is emotional for many reasons but if you are separated parents with children, this can add to the stress of the festive period so now is the time to start planning for Christmas.

If you leave it too long and can’t reach agreement, you will not be able to get a court hearing in time. It will benefit the whole family if everyone knows what is going to be happening and is able to make plans. If this is your first year, it will be difficult for both of you and for your children to contemplate not being together for the whole of Christmas time, but with careful planning you can ensure that your children can spend time with each of you and their extended families in a fair way.

Christmas is a very special time for children and the memories of it will last a very long time.

Try your best to reach agreement with each other focussing on the children and what they need from both of you to have the best Christmas and to adjust to the new situation. Don’t worry too much if you can’t agree as it is normal to find these discussions difficult when emotions are running high and there is uncertainty about the long-term arrangements.

At Cullimore Dutton, we have very experienced solicitors who have dealt with arrangements for children at Christmas many times before and can offer guidance, support, and a steady hand through the difficulties you may be facing and discuss the options best for you.

If you are in need of support and advice regarding arrangements for children at Christmas contact us for a free initial consultation, simply click on the “Speak to our Experts” button, call 01244 729 071 or email

Please note: This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.

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