We understand that when parents separate children face their own anxieties and it is important to make it as easy as possible for them to adjust.
Careful consideration must be given to the future parenting arrangements for your children. There has been much debate in recent years about whether "shared care arrangements" are in the best interests of the children. The circumstances of each particular family will determine whether "shared care" will work. Do not feel that you have no option but to agree to a week about (or similar) arrangement. This is not the case.
Mediation can be a sensible and cost effective way to reach agreement about how and when the children will be cared for by each of their parents. Possible parenting arrangements should be discussed with an experienced family lawyer before taking part in a mediation process however. If agreement is reached you may want it to be recorded in Consent Minutes of Order.
If there are serious issues which you believe mean that it would not be in your children's best interests to spend as much time with their other parent as he or she wants, then you may need to issue proceedings in the family courts. We know how emotionally distressing these problems can be and will help you through every step of the process.
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Alexandra Wright, Family Lawyer
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