Do’s and don’ts for the hol­i­day sea­son

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Style Magazine - - Legal Bookings Are Essential - Phone - BY ANDREW MCCOR­MACK, SE­NIOR AS­SO­CIATE, BEST WIL­SON BUCK­LEY FAM­ILY LAW

2016 is al­most a dis­tant mem­ory, and you too may be won­der­ing where the year has gone. Although the festive sea­son is usu­ally re­ferred to as the sea­son of good­will and hope, anec­do­tally it can be any­thing but. As fam­i­lies gather for festive cel­e­bra­tions, this can lead to frayed tem­pers, strained re­la­tion­ships and even dis­putes. On a pos­i­tive note, some­times peo­ple de­cide to make life changing de­ci­sions to start the year. Here are some do’s and don’ts to con­sider:

Do try and make the most of the festive sea­son with your fam­ily and loved ones.

Do try and re­mem­ber this time can be stress­ful for more than one rea­son. To­wards the end of the year we all get grouchy but it’s im­por­tant to en­sure that doesn’t af­fect our re­la­tion­ship with our loved ones.

Do try to re­flect on the past year and talk to your fam­ily about both the good things that may have hap­pened in the last year but also the neg­a­tive things that you would like to make sure will not be re­peated.

Do not leave plan­ning your par­ent­ing ar­range­ments un­til the last minute. This can cre­ate is­sues where peo­ple may have al­ready made plans but these can be thrown out or up­set by leav­ing some­thing un­til the last minute.

Don’t let con­flict es­ca­late. The last thing you want to do is have Christ­mas for the kids ru­ined by con­flict in the fam­ily.

Don’t make New Year’s res­o­lu­tions with­out prop­erly think­ing them through or with­out speak­ing to a help­ing pro­fes­sional or trusted ad­viser who can act as your sound­ing board. From all of us at Best Wil­son Buck­ley Fam­ily Law, we ex­tend to you the com­pli­ments of the sea­son and wish you a happy and pros­per­ous 2017.

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