When parents separate, whether they are married or not, it is important that they continue to care for their children together.
The vast majority of separating parents reach agreement between themselves as to arrangements for their children for example as to when they will see the parent they are not living with and as to what will happen during school holidays including the long summer and Christmas breaks.
Some parents find it easier to have a written agreement between them that they can refer back to.
If parents cannot reach an agreement between them they may need the assistance of family mediation. There are now many mediation services to choose from and parents can self-refer to such services. An experienced family mediator will help parents move towards the best arrangements for their children.
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