Are you worried about how to cope with Christmas this year following Separation?
Here are 5 top tips from Macleod & MacCallum’s award winning family law team;
- Remember, it is witnessing or even just being aware of parent conflict that causes harm to children. Parent conflict is clinically proven to impact in child development- both physical and psychological. Prioritise children’s needs before your own. Why not consider Mediation or Collaboration to minimise the impact of separation on your family?
- Be organised. Last minute attempts to agree plans for Christmas will likely lead to arguments. Get in touch with your family law/ divorce solicitor before December so he/she has time to advise you and take action if necessary.
- Be prepared to compromise. Whether you are involved in an ongoing Court action or instructing your family law solicitor for the first time, you should be prepared to compromise. A Sheriff if making a decision about Christmas arrangements will not consider what is best for you or your ex-spouse or partner, instead they will make their decision based on what they think is in the best interest of your child/children.
- Don’t be afraid of change. Christmas is a time for family; don’t worry about old traditions that can no longer happen. Make new traditions, encouraging children to get involved.
- Don’t overstretch yourself. Christmas is an expensive time of the year, especially if your finances have been affected by separation. Budget in advance and don’t feel pressured to over compensate when buying children’s gifts. Your family law / divorce solicitor can advise you on how to get a fair share of matrimonial assets on separation so don’t delay in getting expert family law advice.
For expert and sympathetic advice in the Highlands contact one of the team