How to prepare a smooth Christmas as a single parent

Even though Christmas is at the same time each year and the shops give us months of warning, when life is difficult it can come round surprisingly quickly and leave us unprepared. If you are a single parent, then you should prepare early to ensure Christmas runs smoothly for your children and you also have

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How to cope when your kids are with your ex

If you are newly divorced and sharing the care of your children for the first time, you will be introduced to a whole new selection of worries and anxieties. While your children are young and you are in the throws of parenting, the thought of a couple of days away from them can seem like

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How to co-parent well

Co-parenting well after a divorce is a challenge. Many couples now share their children almost 50 – 50, compared to a few years ago where traditionally the mother would keep the children and the father would have them every other weekend. Co-parenting involves both parents laying aside their differences and still parenting together, even though

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What happens when your ex finds someone new?

After your divorce there generally comes a time when your ex will find a new partner. Different people will have different emotions about this. Sometimes it is relief, other times it is painful. However, there are some practical things that also need to be considered. Children When your ex starts a new relationship, generally the

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How to maintain contact with grandchildren after the parents’ divorce

Divorce doesn’t just affect the couple, but also the children and extended family. Any grandparents who have had reduced contact with grandchildren after the parents have divorced will know this keenly. However, the law is on the side of grandparents and recognises the rights of children to have relationships with their grandparents, even if contact

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Can a biological father claim parental responsibility after the mother’s death?

There are many different family set ups throughout England and Wales and many different legal aspects to consider. Family law covers a wide variety of situations and many of our queries are about children and confusion over parental responsibility of the biological father. Parental Responsibility All mothers automatically have parental responsibility of their children. Fathers

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How to parent when your partner leaves and never comes back

There is much emphasis in the media on one parent forbidding the other parent any access at all to their children. However, it is much harder for people to accept that sometimes a parent will simply walk out of a marriage and choose to rarely or never see their children again, despite the main parent

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How to ease your partner into step-parenting

If you have children from a previous marriage and you have recently got together with your significant other, then you have an exciting and complicated journey ahead of you. Especially if your other half isn’t a parent. The road ahead may not be smooth as your partner forms a relationship with your children, as well

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Unexpected Pitfalls of Step-Parenting

Nowadays it is not uncommon to see a happy family consisting of children, a parent and a step parent. They can make it look so easy and effortless. However, if you are child-free and your new significant other does have children, the road to blissful family life is likely to be quite bumpy. Getting step-parenting

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Why mediation is the best divorce procedure for parents

Divorce often comes as a nasty surprise to previously happy parents. There may have been a long build-up, but when the reality hits, it hits hard and not only affects the lives of the couple, but also the lives of the children and all extended family members. Very few parents want anything other than the

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How To Establish Contact With A Grandchild After The Parents Have Split

It is not just relationships between parents and children at risk when the parents split, but also the relationships between grandparents and grandchildren. If your son or daughter no longer has access, or only has limited access to their children, then you are also at risk of losing out on seeing your grandchildren. This can

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How Divorce Can Benefit Children

There is no doubt that when parents divorce the children have a tough time dealing with the change and emotional turmoil. The vast majority of parents do their utmost to make the process as easy as possible for their children and the whole family comes through the other side in a positive place. The one

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How to successfully coparent

When you have children with someone and then undergo a divorce or separation, parenting takes on a completely different aspect.  How to successfully coparent after a relationship breakdown or divorce can be a steep learning curve for most people and takes a great deal of cooperation, collaboration and patience from all involved. It can be

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What happens if you want to relocate after a divorce?

Due to the nature of worldwide travel and relationships it is a common occurrence that when a relationship breakdown occurs and a family is split up, that one or other of the couple may wish to relocate, either overseas or within the UK in order to be closer to their family and friend support network

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Splitting up when you are not married

Just because you didn’t have a wedding ceremony doesn’t mean that splitting up when you are not married isn’t every bit as stressful as getting a divorce. If you have children or own a home together and your lives are completely linked it can be very difficult to see the wood from the trees and

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Giving your children a perfect Christmas during a separation

Giving your children a perfect Christmas during a separation usually becomes more of a negotiation and compromise exercise between ex partners rather than actually fulfilling children’s wishes in a ‘perfect’ way. First of all, step away from the notion of a ‘perfect’ Christmas. There is no such thing. A lot of what we are made

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Compromising with your ex over the festive season

Recently divorced? Been divorced a few years or newly separated? There will be a definite need for compromising with your ex over the festive season. Whether you are separated and alone or if you or your ex partner now have a new family to consider, negotiating how to share the children is never easy, and

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How to budget for Christmas as a single parent

Christmas can be a scary time for single parent, especially if it is new to you. Here are our handy hints on how to budget for Christmas as a single parent: Have an age-appropriate chat with your children and talk to them about the meaning of Christmas and what has happened, and how things may

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