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Christmas can be a difficult time for parents who have separated as often issues arise over where the children will spend Christmas.

There is no such thing as one-rule fits all when it comes to where children should spend Christmas, and any arrangements should take into account what is in the children’s best interests. However, there is a presumption that children should see both parents over the Christmas period, if safe and appropriate to do so.

In order to avoid last minute disagreements over where children should spend Christmas it is advised to make arrangement in advance, to allow time for discussions to take place.

We often see court orders where parents will alternate Christmas day each year, or divide the day in half. Whilst some parents do not want to share Christmas day, it is often agreed that the day will be split between both parents to ensure the children spend time with each parent.

It could be that the children spend half of the Christmas holidays with one parent and half with the other parent.

Ideally, parents will agree Christmas contact between themselves but we understand in some instances this is not possible. If you are not able to agree Christmas contact then there are solutions available.

We are on hand to advise you on the options available to you. From mediation, solicitor’s involvement or court proceedings, there are routes to assist.

If you would like advice on Christmas contact arrangements please contact us on info@awdlaw.co.uk or 01329 232314 to book a 30 minute telephone no cost consultation.


The information contained within this article is correct at the time of publishing (23/11/2023).