Parenting through separation

Becoming a separated parent is not something you may have anticipated. It is challenging in so many ways and can be very daunting.

This guide aims to give parents access to information and support that helps them throughout their parenting journey, through separation, divorce and beyond.

We can’t promise it has all the answers you seek, but we hope it will provide you with  helpful information on how to find a constructive way forward at whatever stage you are on your journey.

It may be that you are still in a relationship but fear it may soon end; you may have just separated from your partner and be apprehensive about what the future holds; or you may have been separated from your ex-partner for a considerable amount of time – but for various reasons are unable to co-parent, leading to parental conflict. Whatever your situation, we hope this booklet enables you to find helpful solutions and that you refer to it as and when it’s needed.

Who are Resolution and the Parenting After Parting Committee?

We are Resolution. We are a group of family justice professionals (lawyers, mediators, therapists and coaches) from around the country. We work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way.

We were founded in 1982 by a group of family lawyers who believed that a non-confrontational approach to family law issues would produce better outcomes for separating families and their children. Over the decades the organisation has grown to become a membership organisation for professionals working with separating families. We are passionate about helping families to navigate the challenges of parenting in the wake of separation in the best way possible for their children.

We know that divorce or separation can be very difficult. But, when parents learn to work together to support their children, this leads to outcomes that are better not only for children, but also for parents themselves.

Our vision is of a world where families facing difficult change are supported so they can achieve child-focused solutions and for conflict to be taken out of family law disputes.

That is why our Parenting after Parting Committee has produced this guide – as a resource for parents going through separation or divorce.

We hope this information will be helpful not only for separating parents, but for all those supporting them.

You can download a full pdf off the guide here Parenting through separation – guide.


WATCH: A short film from Resolution reveals five great ways parents can put their children first during a divorce or separation.