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Divorced couples feel the strain at Christmas

A family law expert is urging divorced or divorcing couples to avoid making Christmas a stressful time.

Lisa McLachlan of Lancashire law firm Napthens, says the festive period produces a number of challenges for divorced or divorcing couples.

This is supported by a recent poll for Resolution, which examined the stresses of Christmas. It found that in the North West, 50 per cent of those who were divorcing or divorced said they found the festive season to be ‘very stressful’.

42 per cent of respondents in the North West also said they wanted Christmas to ‘be over as quickly as possible,’ that is compared with 33 per cent for those who aren’t separated or divorced.

With over half of all divorces taking place when at least one child in under the age of 16, making arrangements for children, especially if new partners and grandparents are also vying for time, can lead to arguments which can affect the entire family.

Lisa believes this need not be the case, and is advising couples in this situation to reach an agreement sooner rather than later.

She said: “In the stress and strain of it all, it can be all too easy to lose sight of the fact that once the process is over they will still be mum and dad to their children.

“It is much better to come to an arrangement that suits everyone than to have a bitter battle, and further damage what can already be a fractious relationship. This is where a mediator or experienced solicitor can help.

“We would advise contacting a legal expert as soon as possible who will be able to help you achieve a suitable outcome with minimum fuss, and allow everyone to enjoy the festive period.”