Child contact and separated families at Easter
Half term is here already and for some of you with child contact issues Easter is looming along with any contact related problems.
Creating a Parenting Agreement for this period can provide a mutually agreed plan which removes uncertainty and sets expectations for both parents. One of our Family Law Solicitors will facilitate you in completing this document and act as a third party witness. It is important to remember that the success of the plan is dependent on both parents respecting what has been jointly decided.
After the holiday period is over we recommend reviewing your arrangements and planning for the next steps.
If this is your first family Easter following divorce or separation it may take some getting used to. Certain rituals and traditions will take on a different feeling. For example, which parent is going to set up the Easter Egg Hunt? Allow yourself time to adjust to the new circumstances.
If, as a result of a change in your circumstances, this year you are seeing your children for part of the holiday period then it pays to be prompt and honour the times for handover. This will help to prevent tension and possible arguments.
It is important that the children involved will see that both parents can work together in order to give them a happy Easter. It may also mean that the children do not suffer as much anxiety about leaving one parent and going with the other at handover time.
Some parents are already in a contact arrangement. If you know that this year it is not your year to have the children on Easter Sunday it can be very hard as the season approaches. Remain positive and try to spend as much time as you can with your children in the run up to Easter and indeed after Easter. Try not to show outwardly any upset or frustration in front of the children. They will easily absorb any tensions or upset.