You may need to make arrangements for your children if you divorce, end your civil partnership or separate from your partner.
You can make decisions with your ex-partner or with the help of a mediator.
If you can’t agree, some arrangements can be decided by a court order, including:
- where the children will live
- when they’ll spend time with each parent
- who’ll pay child maintenance
You must prove you’ve considered mediation before you go to court - this doesn’t apply in some cases, eg if there’s been domestic abuse.
Find a solicitor if you need legal advice.