As a family lawyer, I have advised many mothers and fathers, both separated and divorced, on shared parenting during the festive season. No one wants to be exchanging solicitors' letters the day before Christmas, so it's essential that you plan ahead and consider the practicalities, while keeping your children's best interests at heart.
Michael Gove's proposal to ban term-time holidays for schoolchildren is woefully misguided and simply highlights how out of step he is. Mr Gove, it's a no-brainer. Travel does wonders for kids' education. Homework can be caught up on, but childhood - and that sponge-like capacity for learning - is far too fleeting an opportunity to miss.