For many of us, family memories are made during holiday times. The adventures we have with our family as children ourselves, then later as parents, are strong in our memories. Even if all didn’t go smoothly at the time (and even the best of holidays have their hiccups along the way!) most of us look back fondly at times shared on vacation with family members.

Gift giving at Christmas time and other occasions such as birthdays can be stress inducing at the best of times.  If you’re a divorced or separated parent, chances are it is even more so.  Although most people focus on what their children want or need, for some, present buying may be seen as an opportunity to play ‘favourite parent’ or score points against their ex.

We don’t wish to alarm you…. But Christmas is not far away!  Although traditionally a time for happiness celebration, for some Christmas can be a time of great stress and sadness – particularly those who may be facing their first Christmas following separation or divorce. The Christmas period is usually a time where families come together, so the prospect of facing the festive season as a newly separated person and possibly not spending the day with children brings with it loneliness and a sense of loss.

Relationship breakdown is by its very nature, a stressful time for all involved. Seeking the expert advice of an experienced family lawyer can assist you to make sense of what can be a difficult and confusing situation. Family lawyers can help you deal with all aspects of relationship breakdown, including arrangements for the care of your children, financial support, division of property and legal dissolution of a relationship, eg. divorce.