Information for parents who were never together
If you’ve never been in a relationship with your child’s other parent, you should still try to reach an agreement on providing care and financial stability for your child.
- Support your child to have a relationship with their other parent if this is possible and appropriate.
- Even if your child’s other parent doesn’t want to spend time with them, they are still responsible for supporting them financially.
- Try to make a family-based child maintenance arrangement with the other parent.
- If a family-based arrangement isn’t possible, talk to Child Maintenance Options.
Where can I go next?
Centre for Separated Families - parenting alone
Information from the Centre for Separated Families about how to parent alone.
Family Lives - bringing up children on your own
Top tips on parenting alone, from Family Lives, a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.
Family Mediators Association - family mediation
Information for parents from the Family Mediators Association who are experts in family mediation and can help you find a mediator offering sensitive and professional support to separating families in your area.