Christmas is already a difficult time of year for many. Even under “normal” circumstances, the intensity of the festivities, with overspending on presents and too much time spent with the in-laws causing disagreements – can place a great deal of strain on family dynamics. With the difficulties caused by the pandemic over the course of this year, navigating the various Covid rules and exemptions (including over who is in whose ‘bubble’) is proving challenging for everyone, and this is no more true than for parents and children of separated families. As such co-operation between co-parents is essential, now more than ever. Unfortunately, that might be easier said than done for those parents who are already or have been locked in conflict.
Read the rest of Hannah Gumbrill-Ward’s discussion on how to survive a ‘Covid Christmas’ as a separated family in her article featured in Today’s Family lawyer.