Summer holidays for separated parents

With Christmas now behind us many are starting to think about booking those exciting holidays for 2024 to beat the ‘January Blues’.  For separated parents however the division of the school holidays can be particularly acrimonious with many factors to consider on both sides, particularly so if you are trying to juggle a number of different child arrangements due to forming a ‘blended family’.

Zoe Robinson at FSM Solicitors suggests that separated parents should start thinking early on about how the school holiday can be split and agree any foreign travel well in advance of booking those memory making times.

It is always best to deal with these matters as early as possible so that there is time to negotiate on all of the different issues that can arise. Being able to plan when each of you have the children during the school holiday period not only assists both parties to book special holidays with the children in advance but it also gives everyone the opportunity to consider all of the other issues that arise during school holidays.  Things such as shared calendars and parenting Apps can really assist in making plans clear and aiding in communications between you.

It is important to understand that without written consent of all of those who have Parental Responsibility, allowing foreign travel, you cannot take your children outside of the UK – unless you have certain types of Children Orders. Getting that all important consent early on can ensure there are no last-minute panics.

At FSM we know that these issues are incredibly emotional and that even with the best will in the world, agreements sometimes cannot be reached between you without third party assistance. In those circumstances it is a good idea to seek legal advice early so that these issues are dealt with in time for any holidays.  It may be that an agreement can be reached through solicitors, a mediator or, as a last resort, through a Court Order.  Leaving it until the last minute sadly may mean that you have to change your plans – which can be very costly and stressful.

At FSM solicitors we are specialists in family matters including children.  Our children specialist,  Zoe Robinson has a wealth of experience in dealing with complex children matters and is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in both private children matters and domestic abuse.  Her and the whole family team’s approach is to help you find the best way forward with your children at the heart.

Contact Zoe on 01225 755621 or

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.

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