Navigating the Holidays After Divorce: Creating New Traditions and Prioritising Well-being

Navigating the holiday season

Well, this is the penultimate Peyton’s Perspective of the year as we close our offices on the 20th of December. So, I thought I would talk about a topic we discuss every year and a topic which was featured on our radio show this month by our head of family law, Karen Salmon.

Navigating the holiday season after a divorce or separation can be challenging, especially if it’s your first Christmas alone or without your children. We often advise our clients facing this situation to create new traditions. Life moves forward, and finding companionship among friends or family can make a big difference during this time. It’s easy to feel isolated, but planning activities with others can bring joy and prevent turning to self-destructive behaviours.

For parents concerned about finances or child arrangements during this season, open communication is key. Avoid turning gift-giving into a competition; it’s essential to prioritise your children’s well-being. If communicating with your ex-partner is difficult, involving a neutral third party, like a friend or legal advisor, can help maintain an amicable atmosphere.

Child Contact over Christmas

When it comes to child contact over Christmas, one idea is a “fake Christmas” where the day is celebrated on a different date, this can be a practical solution. Younger children might not be tied to the specific date, while older ones might appreciate an extra celebration, who doesn’t want two Christmases?

Financial strains during the festive season can impact relationships. Discussing expenses and planning together can prevent post-holiday financial stress. Try not to begin the new year with a lot of debt and stress.

From all of us at Marlborough Law Limited, we extend warm wishes for a Merry and Safe Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.


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