Parenting Arrangements for Easter
Easter comes with a long weekend and the Easter school holidays, and for separated families, this can be challenging. So here are some tips on how to plan for special occasions:
Plan in Advance
- Start making plans and discussing arrangements with your ex-partner as soon as you can.
- If you would like to be with your children on a specific day then try to negotiate an arrangement reasonably. Think about negotiating a time-sharing arrangement, trading other days, or alternating years so your children spend this Easter with you and next Easter with your ex-partner.
- Ensure your agreement is specific. For example, what days will the children be with you? when and where will the changeovers be and who will they be conducted by? It is extremely important that the terms are not vague or ambiguous so that they do not result in any conflict or misunderstanding.
- Ensure that anything you agree on is put in writing. You can do this by text, email, or through written correspondence from your lawyers.
- If you do not have any arrangements in place or cannot come to an arrangement on your own, contact Legal Legal for assistance. We can draft orders with as much detail and flexibility as you require ensuring they are enforceable and in the best interests of the children.
Be Willing to Compromise
- Being stubborn and unreasonable with your ex-partner will not make Easter an enjoyable time for your children so it is advisable that you do not make them feel as if they are stuck in the middle of your feud.
- It is important not to argue with your ex-partner or criticize or degrade your ex-partner in front of your children as this will only create an unhappy environment for them and will not reflect favourably on you should parenting matters be determined by the Family Court.
Best interest of children
- Considering what is in the best interest of the children is the overriding principle in the Family Court. It is important to ensure that everything you do is in the best interests of your children.