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Tips for successful co-parenting over Christmas

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Tips for successful co-parenting over Christmas

For separated and divorced parents, navigating the complexities of sharing time with the children during the holidays can be challenging. 

The significance of co-parenting during the holidays is a testament to the commitment of both parents to prioritise their children. It is an opportunity to set aside personal differences and focus on the children and make the most of shared care arrangements during the Christmas holidays.

With this in mind, here are our tips for successful co-parenting over Christmas:

Communication is Key. Effective and early communication is the cornerstone of successful co-parenting. Discuss the plans to ensure both parents are on the same page as early as possible.

Create a schedule. Include the children’s activities and commitments and you can even share the schedule with the children if they are old enough, so everyone can follow the arrangements.

Maintain Traditions. Some parents can be upset about losing traditions, but these can be maintained, even if done on a different day.

Exchange Gifts and coordinate. Coordinate gift giving to avoid duplication or consider joint presents.

Be Mindful of travel plans. If travel is involved, ensure it is organised and factored into the arrangements. Share travel and contact information.

Stay positive.  Stay positive about the other parent in front of the children.

Whilst it is always best to try and agree the arrangements directly, if you don’t think that is possible, consider seeking legal advice early and you can then discuss options with your legal team, such as mediation, applications to court, or otherwise. 

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