Family Law

Top tips for navigating Mother’s Day as separated or divorced parents

One of the most difficult decisions parents face during a separation or after divorce is working out family days such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and birthdays.

As this Sunday is Mother’s Day, we wanted to share a couple of our tips to help make the day as enjoyable for mum and the children as possible.

  1. Remember, this day is all about the children.
  2. Plan celebrations ahead of time – if possible, let your children spend all or part of the day with their mother. You may need to swap a weekend or day for this to happen.
  3. If your children are unable to spend the day with their mother, ensure that the children call or zoom their mother.
  4. Help your children (especially younger children) organise a card or thoughtful gift for their mother – this is a great opportunity for co-parents to show they respect the relationship that their kids have with each of them and ease any anxieties that the children may be experiencing.
  5. Do something fun with your children – take them to the beach, zoo, park, or go for a bike ride.
  6. Reciprocate the arrangements for Father’s Day (Sunday 4th September 2022).

Special occasions can be challenging for separate or divorced parents; it is important to not let your children feel caught in the middle.

If you are experiencing any difficulty negotiating an amicable parenting arrangement, then please do not hesitate to contact De Saxe O’Neill Family Lawyers on 9948 3820 to assist you further.

This post is an overview only and should not be considered as legal advice.  If there are any matters that you would like us to advise you on, then please contact our office on (02) 9948 3820.


  • The Law sociaty of NSW
  • Doyles - Family Law 2020
  • Doyles - Family Law 2022
  • Family Law Section - Law Council of Australia - Member 2021/2022
  • Collaborative Professionals (NSW) inc

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