Children are entitled to a relationship with both their parents, whether or not they live together. Research shows that it is normally in the child's best interests if:
- Children are raised by both parents whether or not they live together, as long as it is safe.
- Each parent supports their children to enjoy a positive relationship with the other parent.
- Parents support children to keep in touch with important people in their lives, such as wider family members and close family friends.
- Children are clear about the arrangements for spending time with each parent.
- Children should not be exposed to sudden changes in arrangements unless it is unavoidable.
- Children should not be exposed to continuing conflict as it can harm them.
(SOURCE; Parenting Plans - Putting Your Children First - A guide for separating parents - pp.4)