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Family lawyers urge separated parents to plan ahead for school summer holidays

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As the school summer holiday approaches, family mediators at Trethowans are advising separated parents to start planning ahead now to avoid last-minute stress and disagreements.

“School holidays bring a change of routine,” says Laura Bell, accredited mediator and partner at Trethowans. “Living arrangements that work well in term-time can prove inadequate in the summer when routines change.”

Rising stress levels

The long summer break can increase stress levels as separated parents try to agree on how the children will spend their time. “The time they will spend with each parent during this period can be tricky to agree and, as the holiday looms, the stress levels rise,” Laura explains.

Things to consider

Planning involves more than just daily childcare. Important aspects to consider include:

  • Summer break funding: How will any trips or holidays be funded?
  • New partners: How might a parent’s new partner fit into the holiday plans?
  • Grandparents: What role might grandparents play during the school holiday?

Trethowans can help parents create tailored plans that fit their unique family circumstances. “Our advice is to get in touch soon,” adds Laura. “Don’t leave it until the last minute. Making arrangements in good time will provide certainty to both parents and peace of mind. It also helps the children know what to expect in the weeks ahead.”

For more information about the benefits of family mediation offered by Trethowans, visit www.trethowans.com or call 0800 2800 421.

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