Navigating a parenting agreement that works well with both you and your co-parent can be difficult, especially during the festive season where things become more hectic. In addition, conflicting family traditions coupled with the angst and emotions that comes with separation can make things even more difficult during this time.
Whilst arrangements may already be in place for the day to day activities of the child, many separated couples forget to consider upcoming celebrations such as Christmas Day. There is no better time than now to start discussions with your co-parent. Some things you may also want to consider are: –
- How the school holiday period will be arranged? What routine will be best suited?
- Do you have work commitments? Does your co-parent have work commitments?
- How do your family traditions differ to your co-parent’s? Will the child be spending Christmas Day together with you both or separately? Otherwise, who will the child stay with on Christmas Day?
After an amicable agreement is in place, we would always recommend for both parties sign a written agreement. This will ensure that it is clear, and both parties will be on the same page at all times. If circumstances change, you may also revisit the agreement to make alternative arrangements.
If, however, you have exhausted your options and you are not able to reach an agreement with your co-parent, we would highly recommend for you to get in touch with us in order to explore your options further.
Remember, however, there are cut off periods for filing any Applications intended to deal with Christmas arrangements with the Family Court. This year, that cut off date is 4:00pm on Friday, 13 November 2020.
If you wish to discuss your parenting arrangement further, please do not hesitate to contact Freedman & Gopalan Solicitors on 8917 8700, and we will be able to guide you.