1. Overview

You’ll need to make arrangements for your children if you split up from your partner.

A court won’t let you divorce or dissolve a civil partnership until you can show you’ve arranged things like:

  • where the children will live
  • when they’ll spend time with each parent
  • who’ll pay child maintenance

You’ll usually need to prove that you’ve considered mediation before you go to court.

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