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Making arrangements for your children

This factsheet will help you make effective arrangements for your child about where they live and when they spend time with each parent and their family and friends. These are important decisions for all the family, and there are many things to consider, so it may take time to find arrangements that work for you all. 

Most parents are able to make effective arrangements between themselves, but others need some help to do this. Details of organisations offering support are listed in the Useful Organisations section. Whatever arrangements you finally make, the important thing is that you have tried your best to come to an arrangement that is best for the child, and for you as a family.

For more information on contact arrangements between your child and their other parent, see our frequently asked questions here. For information tailored to your circumstances, contact our helpline on 0808 802 0925. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.

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