If you are separating, there are things that you and your ex-partner will need to make decisions about if you have a child or children together. For example, the care arrangements for your child, where they will live and where they will go to school.
You will also need to plan for how you and your ex-partner will communicate with each other and make decisions about your child as they grow. This could include decisions about your child’s education, health and activities.
For information on making decisions about COVID:19 vaccines for children see, Fact sheet - COVID-19: Vaccinations for children.
If there has been family violence or abuse, it may not be safe for you to try to make joint decisions with your ex-partner and it is recommended you get legal advice.
This section has information to help separating parents make decisions about their children including:
- help and services for separating parents
- the legal terms "parental responsibility" and "best interests of the child"
- options for recording parenting agreements, and
- information about other common issues that can arise after separation.