What are your plans this Christmas?

With just under 2 months until we deck the halls with holly and wait for the big guy in the red suit to squeeze down the chimney, now is the time to consider the arrangements for your children over the Christmas period.

If you and your former partner cannot agree on arrangements for this Christmas, you may apply to the Family Court for orders instead.

There are strict guidelines about the time frames in which you need to make your application.

All applications in relation to Christmas must be filed in the Family Court by 4.00pm on Friday, 11 November 2016.

Even if you do file your application before 11 November 2016, there is no guarantee that your application will be listed or determined prior to Christmas due to the great demand on the Court’s resources. Essentially, the longer you wait to file, the greater the chance that you will be allocated to a date in the New Year and not have the benefit of any binding orders during the Christmas period including for Christmas Day.

If you are currently experiencing difficulties reaching an agreement in relation to Christmas time, or if you anticipate that you will experience any difficulties, please telephone us as soon as possible to discuss your options with one of our family lawyers.