Christmas Contact – “Season to be Jolly”???
Christmas is a time to rejoice, or so the saying goes. For children, it is a very special time - a time for wonder and excitement. However, in cases where parents are separated or divorced many children find this a very confusing, emotional and frustrating time. Separated parents can lessen the stress by putting the children’s needs first. This can start with forward planning, if no contact has been agreed now is the time to do it.
All too often parents allow the issue to fester and grow either though lack of communication or because they presume the other will agree nearer the time. This can lead to uncompromising positions being taken and the only alternative is to rush to see a Solicitor and make an emergency court application.
At Robinsons we have a team of highly trained experienced family lawyers who can guide you through your contact needs and try to open up lines of communication by mediating on your behalf. Robinsons is a member of the organisation Resolutions and adheres to the code of practice and avoids any forms of aggressive or adversarial communication which would serve no purpose other to inflame the situation.
In cases where the above is unsuccessful, there is of course the option of going to court to make an application for contact. However, this should really only be done once all other avenues have been explored. Once again the key with such an application is to make sure that it is made in a timely manner and that the request is realistic.
Traditionally, in the run up to Christmas day, courts around the country will begin to fill up with anxious parents trying to agree contact. By being proactive, attempting to communicate directly and seeking advice well in advance, you can ensure that all options are open to you in finding a resolution.
If you would like further information or advice on the issue of Christmas contact or issues surrounding children generally, please contact Nameeta Gujral on 01227 762888 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
With the Family Courts closed on Christmas Eve 2012 last minute court applications are unlikely to be dealt with and so to avoid disappointment for you and your children contact Robinsons Family Team NOW!