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Editor's note

Divorce is on the rise in Australia, which means more people having to navigate co-parenting with someone they’re no longer in a relationship with. This comes with all sorts of considerations – from practical decisions such as who will drive the kids to netball practice to more serious questions about how they should be raised.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been running a series on parenting after divorce, outlining how you should make decisions together, the type of relationship you should have with your co-parent, and how to tell your kids you’re getting divorced.

Family separation is a time of great upheaval for children, and while studies show children of divorce fare a little bit worse on measures such as behaviour and education, that’s no reason to stay in an unhappy marriage. The negative effects actually come from witnessing conflict, not from the divorce itself.

So long as you put your kids first in all your decision making and save your blues with your ex for behind closed doors, they’re going to be fine.

Alexandra Hansen

Health + Medicine Section Editor/Chief of Staff

Some level of communication between ex-partners is needed when parenting together. from

How to co-parent after divorce

Priscilla Dunk-West, Flinders University

A new study has examined the practices of good parents post-separation. Here's the parents' advice.

Conflict, and not the separation itself, is a greater predictor of how children will fare post-divorce. from

How will my divorce affect my kids?

Kim Halford, The University of Queensland

Most parents worry how their child will fare after divorce. Most will be fine, so long as they don't witness conflict.

What you tell your children about your impending divorce should depend on their age. from

How to tell your child you’re getting divorced

Rachael Sharman, University of the Sunshine Coast

Telling your children you and your partner aren't going to be together anymore is a significant change in their lives.

The relationship might be over but the parenting isn’t. Brittany Simuangco/Unsplash

What type of relationship should I have with my co-parent now we’re divorced?

Kristin Natalier, Flinders University

Here are some ways you can successfully co-parent after a divorce. You don't have to be best friends, you just have to think of the kids.

Expert answers to serious, weird and wacky questions

Health Check: what happens when you hold in a fart?

Clare Collins, University of Newcastle

Holding on too long triggers a build up of intestinal gas that may eventually escape via an uncontrollable fart.

Curious Kids: where do clouds come from and why do they have different shapes?

Robert Lawry, Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Clouds formed by rising warm air currents are called 'convection clouds'. Because of all the rising air coming up, these clouds can be bumpy on top, sometimes looking like cotton wool or cauliflower.

I’ve Always Wondered: How do we know what lies at the heart of Pluto?

Helen Maynard-Casely, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Pluto has a density between that of rock and ice – so that immediately suggests the dwarf planet is made of a mix of both. But how do we know?

Explainer: what is energy security, and how has it changed?

Samantha Hepburn, Deakin University

'Energy security' isn't just about cheaper bills. We urgently need to design a modern, safe Australian grid.

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