Christmas holidays – getting the balance right

13 December 2011

Arrangements for the Christmas holidays are often the subject of numerous enquiries at this time of year and, during what is usually an emotionally charged time of year, negotiations can be fraught. Our advice is not to leave it until the last minute – no-one wants to be exchanging solicitors letters the week before Christmas – and keep the focus on what is in the children’s best interests. In an ideal world that may involve spending time with both parents on Christmas day; however, this may simply not be possible for geographical or other reasons and a solution is often alternating Christmas days and treating Christmas Eve or Boxing day as a “second” Christmas day with the other parent.

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