How much time do we each get with the children?

There is no fixed rule as to how much time a child should spend with each parent. The circumstances of each family and their children must be considered on an individual basis.

It is accepted that children have a right to know and spend time with both of their parents. However, what is appropriate in one set of circumstances may not be appropriate in a different situation. It is therefore advisable that you obtain legal advice that is tailored to your individual situation.

The law seeks to encourage parents to come an agreement together and parent co-operatively focussing on the best interests and needs of the child at all times. The amount of time a parent spends with their child may depend on such things as, where each parents lives, where the child goes to school and the relationship that the child may or may not have already forged with each parent. The Courts are reluctant to interfere with any decisions that parents are able to make between themselves co-operatively.

If there is a dispute as to how much time the children should spend with you, then it is important that you take legal advice.