Are you worried about not having contact with your children over Christmas?
Christmas can be a stressful time of the year and even more so with the current Covid-19 restrictions. However, for separating couples, trying to arrange who has contact with the children on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, can be a difficult task.
It can be a daunting feeling knowing that you may not be able to spend time with your children on Christmas Day, and sometimes those feelings can prevent parents being able to effectively negotiate and come to an agreement.
What can I do if my ex-partner does not allow me to see my children over Christmas?
- It is important that you firstly speak to your ex-partner, as soon as possible, to see if there is a way in which you can both see the children during Christmas. You may decide that one parent has the children for Christmas Eve and the other parent has them on Christmas Day. You may be able to agree to alternate this arrangement on a yearly basis.
If you and your ex-partner live relatively close to one another, you may decide to split Christmas Day, so that one parent has the children for the first half of the day and the other parent has the children for the second half of the day.
- If you still cannot agree Christmas contact, then you are able to seek assistance from a Mediator, who may be able to facilitate negotiations between you and your ex-partner.
- If mediation is not appropriate or, one parent refuses to attend, then you can instruct specialist child contact solicitors, to start negotiating on your behalf.
What happens if lockdown is extended over Christmas?
The Government has confirmed that children under the age of 18 can still travel between separated parents’ homes. Therefore, children should continue to have contact with both parents during lockdown.
Both you and your ex-partner will need to work together to ensure that the government guidelines are still met, whilst ensuring that the children have good contact with both parents, especially over the Christmas period.
During these unprecedented times, Vienna Kang are committed to providing you with specialist advice on how you can continue to implement an existing Child Arrangements Order and agreed Contact Schedules, as well as providing sensible and pragmatic advice to parents who are having difficulty arranging contact with their children.
We have offices in Solihull, Nuneaton and Bromsgrove and can provide face to face and remote appointments.
To book a free consultation with Jeet Panesar, one of our specialist child contact solicitors, please call us on 0121 726 9116 or, email Jeet Panesar on J.Panesar@viennakang.co.uk.