Claire Aumuller: Here are four ways to make your Christmas as a separated family that little bit easier.

Hi, my name is Claire Aumuller. I’m a family lawyer here at Turnbull Hill Lawyers. I understand that Christmas can be a wonderful and joyous time, but for those of you who are separated parents, it can come with some challenges. Today I’ll take you through some tips that may make your Christmas that little bit easier.

One thing you can do is plan for the day. If you and your ex-partner have decided that the children will spend time with each of you on Christmas Day, make sure you planned out the logistics of that arrangement, such as what time changeover will occur, how that will occur, who will be collecting the children. You may want to consider one parent spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day morning with the children, and the other spending Christmas Day morning and Boxing Day with the children.

Another thing you can do is write up a written agreement. You might want to draft up a diary setting out the public holiday plans, or you can enter into a parenting plan just to make sure everyone’s on the same page. I know it can be difficult at times, but keeping up communication can be key. Try to keep communication light-hearted and focused on the children, and decide which method of communication works best for you, whether that’s by text message, phone calls, emails, or perhaps using a co-parenting app.

If all else fails, you can contact us here at Turnbull Hill Lawyers to get some advice on where you stand legally.

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