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Children & parenting after separation

Separation is a difficult time for children as well as parents. Because it can be difficult to focus on your children’s long term wellbeing when you are upset, there are professional services that can assist.

This section provides information to help parents meet their children’s needs after separation. 

It also includes general information on Australian family law about children. 

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