It very much depends because each case and every family are different. In general terms, it is presumed that the parent that doesn’t live with the children should have involvement with and have regular contact with the children. However, there aren’t any set rules to determine the amount and frequency of contact. The test is always what is in the children’s best interests, and the court would take into account a checklist of different factors in reaching a decision. There are also practical issues to consider such as how close in distance the parents are – if you live a long way apart, then different arrangements are likely compared to if you live a mile apart. Another example is the age of the children – very young children or babies may be more affected by spending a long period apart from the person who provides their day-to-day care, whereas a 10 year old might not.