Christmas can be a difficult time for separated parents and plans may be looking very different this year, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The government has maintained that children are permitted to move between households for contact between parents who live apart during the pandemic; providing that no-one from either household is self-isolating.
Furthermore, following the government's announcement regarding the formation of 'Christmas Bubbles', between 23rd - 27th December, children whose parents do not live together may be part of both parents' Christmas bubbles, if their parents choose to form separate bubbles. For more information, please see the guidance online
However, it is still important to ensure that the arrangements for the children are put in place in advance of the festive season wherever possible and avoid last minute issues arising.
Court proceedings should always be a last resort and the first step is always to try and agree the arrangements directly with your ex-partner. At all times it is important to focus on arrangements that will be in the best interests of the children and the courts always expect parents to put what is best for the children first.
If you cannot agree on the arrangements do take legal advice early and we can certainly assist you in reaching a resolution with your former partner regarding the arrangements over the festive period.
You could also consider alternative options including Mediation, whereby an impartial third party works closely with you and your former partner in reaching an agreement.
If you wish to speak to our team of Family Law experts, please do not hesitate to contact us and we would be happy to help.