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Keeping in touch

This can be difficult at first, but is important if you want to stay friends and can be vital if children are involved.

When you do meet or speak, try not to go over old ground or repeat past disputes.

Don't expect your old partner to get along with your new one.

You might also find it helpful to have other people around the first few times you meet after a break-up. 

Try to meet in public places rather than alone at home, preferably somewhere fun where the two of you won't be the focus of events.

If you have children, emotions can run high after a breakup, making it hard to discuss plans for your children’s future with your ex-partner. Family mediation services support parents and children through family change and disruption as a result of separation, divorce or family restructuring. They can help you come to practical arrangements for the way forward.