Oh Christmas. Among the presents, turkey and family get-togethers, it’s not surprising tensions can run high.
And for divorced or separated parents, organising the festive period can be a right faff. So using firm-wide data, family law firm Simpson Millar has set out the top five most common causes of disputes among divorced or separated parents during November and December.
Top 5 causes of disputes between parents at Christmas
- Which parent the children spend Christmas Day with
- Children meeting a new partner
- Different new haircuts or piercings made without consultation with the other parent
- The amount of time the children are allowed to spend on the internet and social media
- Diet: what the children are being allowed to eat over the holidays
But you don’t have to be divorced or separated to have a barny at Christmas. Here are some of the most common festive arguments from a quick straw poll of the MFM team…
- Where you go for Christmas – which grandparents do you see?
- That one partner is doing ‘everything’ while the other isn’t doing enough
- What to watch on TV – we look forward to Downton all day. Move away from the remote.
- Partner having too much to drink (and probably falling asleep)
- When to open the presents – rip them all open first thing or keep them till after lunch?
What’s most likely to spark a Christmas row in your house? Let us know in the comments below.