Parenting After Separation

Parenting after separation can be pretty tough as you contend with your own feelings while also focussing on the children.

Separation should not mean the end of a relationship with your children. The family will continue, but in a different form. Even though arrangements may change, in many cases children benefit from having both parents in their lives as well as extended family like grandparents.

Children's needs and their best interests are the first consideration in any separation or family breakdown. Changes to the Family Law Act are based on the following principles:

  • All children have a right to know both their parents and to grow up with their love and support.
  • All children have a right to be protected from harm.
  • Parenting is a responsibility that should be equally shared, provided this does not put children at risk.
  • Parents should be able to work out together what is best for their children rather than fighting in a courtroom.

It's okay to ask for help. It might surprise you to see how supportive people and the community can be. You don't know until you ask!

To search for the following information, click on the links below or call the Family Relationships Advice Line on 1800 050 321.

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