child contact

Child contact after divorce or separation

In 1993, May was designated International Day of Families by the General Assembly in recognition of the ongoing significance of addressing family matters. This coincides with the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), underscoring the importance of safeguarding family rights.  

Importance of  International Family Day 

Worldwide Reach: The International Day of Families is observed across more than 150 nations, facilitating global collaboration and the sharing of perspectives on matters concerning families. 

Advocating for Progress: It promotes the creation of policies and initiatives that support families on local, national, and international scales, aiming for positive change. 

Embracing Differences: This day acknowledges the various forms of family structures and advocates for inclusivity, striving to ensure that every family feels respected and embraced. 

Building Stronger Communities: By underscoring the significance of familial connections, Family Day contributes to the enhancement of communities and societies on a broader scale. 


The family unit 

The family unit stands as society’s fundamental cornerstone, undoubtedly its most vital one too! Firm familial connections offer crucial support and create a secure environment essential for individual growth and development. 

Sadly, not all families stay living as a unit but on this day, we look at the importance of child contact for divorced and separated parents and grandparents to enable the family unit to work as well as it can.  

Child contact after divorce or separation is a critical aspect of ensuring the well-being and healthy development of children caught in the midst of parental separation. While divorce or separation marks the end of a romantic relationship between parents, it does not dissolve the parental responsibilities and rights concerning the children they share. 


The child comes first 

Primarily, child contact arrangements should prioritise the best interests of the child. This involves considering factors such as the child’s age, their emotional and physical needs, their relationship with each parent, and any special requirements they may have. Child psychologists often advocate for maintaining consistent contact with both parents, as this helps foster a sense of security and stability for the child amidst the changes brought on by divorce or separation. 


Ideally, parents should strive to collaborate and reach an amicable agreement regarding child contact, considering each other’s schedules, living arrangements, and the child’s preferences if they are old enough to express them. Mediation or counselling can be valuable tools in facilitating productive discussions and resolving conflicts regarding child contact arrangements outside of court. 

Court intervention 

In cases where parents are unable to reach an agreement independently, the court may intervene to establish a formal custody and visitation arrangement based on the child’s best interests. This legal framework provides clarity and enforceability for child contact arrangements, ensuring that both parents fulfil their obligations to maintain a meaningful relationship with their child. 

Changes in circumstances 

Flexibility is key in navigating child contact arrangements after divorce or separation. Circumstances may change over time, necessitating adjustments to the existing agreement. Open communication between parents is essential for addressing evolving needs and ensuring that the child’s welfare remains the top priority. 

In conclusion 

Ultimately, child contact after divorce or separation should aim to preserve the parent-child bond and support the child’s emotional well-being as they adjust to the new family dynamic. By prioritising the child’s best interests and fostering cooperation between parents, effective child contact arrangements can contribute to a smoother transition and a brighter future for all involved. 

Contact our family department if you need legal advice on arranging fair and amicable child contact arrangements.

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