Following the breakdown of a relationship, one of the most important decisions parents will face, is the future care and living arrangements for the children of their relationship.
These are undoubtedly highly sensitive issues and the best interests of your child should be the strongest consideration, including protecting your child from harm and/or exposing them to risk of harm. You should also bear in mind the time your child spends with each parent must be reasonably practicable.
You will need to consider matters such as who has parental responsibility for a child, how decisions about a child are to be made, where and with whom your child should live and the time the child spends with the other parent as well as other significant people in your child’s life e.g. grandparents.
Sometimes parents cannot reach agreement about what is in their children’s best interests and they need the court to make decisions for them.