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Making arrangements for your children



For detailed step-by-step advice on everything from benefits and tax credits to childcare and your wellbeing, sign up for the email reminders in our guide to separation.

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 when making them there are many things to consider so it may take time to find arrangements that work for all of you.

The majority of parents are able to make effective arrangements between themselves, but some parents 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 information tailored to your circumstances, contact the Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline on 0808 802 0925. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles

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