Making the decision to separate or divorce is not easy, especially when there are children involved. You could be feeling a sense of shock, sadness or anger as well as worrying about how your separation will affect your children and relationships with family and friends. There are probably financial and practical worries bubbling away too. A distressing time becomes overwhelming if your ex-partner says they are going to stop you from having contact with your children. There are many reasons for this, and contact denial can happen at any time – not just immediately after separation or divorce.
Here we talk about what you can do to make sure child access arrangements are fair to everybody, and most importantly, that your children’s welfare is at the core.
The decision to divorce is never easy. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, whatever your circumstances. Being in a relationship can feel like a comfort blanket, and separation can leave you with a cold sense of loss. You might be scared about starting again on your own, or excited, or both. If you have children you’ll be worried about the impact on their wellbeing, and you may also be worried about child and financial arrangements.