Seasonal and festive holidays like Christmas are seen as a time for joy and happiness. However, for separating couples and spouses, this is not the case. It can lead to feelings of isolation and deep upset throughout the festive period.
Betteridges have put together our top tips for surviving this Christmas Period:
- Talk to your friends and family about how you feel
Many legal professionals close over the Christmas period. Therefore, use the time to talk to your friends and family about how you are feeling. You will find those around you are able to offer different perspectives which may form a solution to the way you are feeling.
- Put the children first
It is important you remember that your interactions with one another will be picked up on by the children. Therefore, it is important that the children are not exposed to conflict which can cause emotional harm. It is important to remain amicable and respectful. This could be done by agreeing all communication regarding a Divorce and or reaching a Financial Agreement is done via solicitor correspondence. This ensures that it is kept out of the family home and the focus can remain on ensuring the children are not exposed to adult conflict.
- Make child contact arrangements
If you and your spouse have separated and are going through the divorce process, the non-resident parent may feel very frustrated and resentment to the parent having the children for Christmas. It is important for that parent to remember that special memories and times can be recreated regardless of it being on Christmas day or another day. It is important to make special memories of your own with the children, do not allow your day to be clouded by it not being “the day”.
- Get legal advice early
If you are having issues with making arrangements and reaching an agreement over the Christmas holidays, you should get in touch with a legal professional who will be able to confirm the options available to you.
Some useful numbers if you need someone to talk to this Christmas:
Mind 0300 123 3393
Samaritans 116 123
Age UK 0800 055 6112
To discuss your divorce in the New Year please call us on 033312 12345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to speaking with you.