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Advice for Divorced Parents Aims to Relieve the Potential Stresses and Strains of Christmas Apart

Christmas is traditionally seen as a time for families to enjoy spending time together, however for divorced and separated parents, the festive season often requires especially careful planning.

Otley, United Kingdom, December 10, 2012 --( Dovetail Divorce Solutions Ltd, a group of family law firms based in Yorkshire, are highlighting helpful advice for divorced parents, issued by the family law organisation Resolution.

Robert Cresswell from Dovetail Divorce explained: "Resolution has published advice for divorced parents that we think could be very helpful for divorced or separated parents worrying about the logistics of Christmas. Resolution represents family lawyers in Yorkshire and works to make sure the needs of children come first when families breakdown.

"Christmas across two households can be difficult for children and for their parents too. But with a bit of planning and willingness to compromise, separated parents can go a long way to ensuring that their family still has a happy time."

Dovetail Divorce were the first in the UK to provide a 'Fixed Fee Divorce' solution, combining the services of a family lawyer, divorce specialist coach and Resolution Accredited Financial Neutral to help clients with all the key aspects of their divorce.

"The main thing to remember is that you are both still parents and putting the children's needs first is essential for their well-being and happiness.

"The first Christmas apart can be especially difficult. The emotional pain of the split may still be strong and even if this is not the case, Christmas can bring unfamiliar expectations, pressures and decisions.

"At Dovetail our team are well aware of the extra stress that Christmas time can bring to children whose parents are going through divorce. I would urge anyone contemplating divorce to consider contacting one of Resolution's accredited family lawyers; there are several Divorce lawyer in Leeds and throughout Yorkshire," added Robert.

Christmas can be difficult for parents who have been separated for some time too. For example, both parents may want to be with their children but Robert is keen to stress that arguing can be very damaging for children: "It is especially important for children that Christmas is as a happy a time as possible and many divorced parents will find Resolution's five tips very useful for helping to avoid potential conflict."

Resolutions's five tips for divorced and separated parents at Christmas are:

1. Put your children's needs and feelings first. Discuss arrangements with the other parent and try to share both the pleasure and the responsibilities.

2. Let the children know that even though things will be different, Christmas can still be special. Work together with your children to create new Christmas traditions in each home.

3. Think long-term and stay flexible. You may want to be with the kids on Christmas Day but there will be other Christmases. It may be fairest to agree to alternate which household the children are at from one year to the next.

4. Don't compete with your ex over presents for the children. Instead, discuss what presents to buy so that you don't duplicate. Consider whether it would be helpful to continue the tradition of a joint present from both of you. And allow your children to decide where they will keep their gifts.

Ask for help if you need it and make sure to use the wealth of resources designed to help separated parents manage. Find out more at
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Robert Cresswell
66a Boroughgate
West Yorkshire

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