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I have a new partner – will this make a difference to the child arrangements?

Children can find it hard to see one of their parents with someone else, following a divorce. Throughout the divorce process and even for a long time afterwards, children can hold onto the fantasy that their parents are going to get back together.

This can make seeing one of their parents moving on very difficult. A new partner could also make your relationship with your ex-spouse strained – they may fear that they are being replaced as a parent figure for your children or may not think that your new partner is suitable for your children to be spending time with.

It is always best to introduce a new partner into your children’s lives as slowly as possible. A great deal of sensitivity is needed in these situations. Encouraging your children to talk about how they feel and not getting angry if they express a dislike for the new partner can also help them to begin to accept the situation.

If you have real concerns about how your child’s welfare is being affected by the new partner then it is important to get legal advice from specialist solicitors such as Austin Kemp.  A court can, in exceptional circumstances, restrict contact with the new partner.

For more information on this subject please visit our Legal Library.


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