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Parenting

Contact

So many issues are brought up by what type of contact arrangement you set up with your ex that it is difficult to cover the full scale or practical, legal and emotional questions you might have. After money and benefits, this is the area most parents find hardest to deal with. We have collected as much information as we can on:

• what are your legal rights and responsibilities?
• how to deal with children when they don't want to spend time with one of the parents
• how to deal with court orders how to survive the emotional distress often caused when contact arrangements go wrong.

Much of this information is in the articles in this section, but please have a look at the stories we have in our Forum archive.

  • Ten New Year Resolutions for Separated Parents

    Ten New Year Resolutions for Separated Parents

    It's not always easy to get along with our exes, but how about making some New Year Resolutions, for the children's sake? Respect and support each other as parents even if you are furious… Read more

  • When You and Your Ex disagree

    When You and Your Ex disagree

    It has been said many times that it takes two people to make a war and to a certain extent this is true. However, even if one parent refuses to participate, the other parent can… Read more

  • When your Ex takes your Children on Holiday

    When your Ex takes your Children on Holiday

    For single parents, holiday times with your children can be far from straight forward – but what about the holiday times you might spend without them? Author Kate Tregaskis is a single mum and occasional… Read more

  • Shared Care or Not?

    Shared Care or Not?

    There has been fierce controversy and political debate about the idea of whether fathers should have the right to equal time with their children following separation. The Family Justice Review published in November 2011… Read more

  • Making Contact Visits Easier

    Making Contact Visits Easier

    You might be feeling emotionally unstable before your child goes for an access visit. Here are a few tips to steady your thoughts... It is in your child’s best interest to have a good… Read more

  • Making Access Visits Easier

    Making Access Visits Easier

    Do you feel emotionally unstable before your child goes for an access visit? Here are a few tips to help you prepare and to steady your thoughts... It is in your child’s best interest… Read more

  • Giving your Child Permission to Love the Other Parent

    Giving your Child Permission to Love the Other Parent

    One of the biggest challenges facing separated parents is to allow children to love the other parent. How can my child, who is the centre of my world, continue to love the parent who… Read more