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Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-How old are the children?
-Are there any child protection or welfare concerns regarding the father?
-Do you both work full time?
-Are you both living near the schools for the children and can you both do the school runs?
Thanks for confirming. The legal position is that the children have a right to a relationship with both parents and the courts these days would look at a full shared arrangement if it is possible by both parents and it is in the children's best interests. It would therefore not be unreasonable for him to seek such an arrangement - for example one week with you and one week with him and for holidays to be shared.
I would suggest that you should still put forward your proposals as they are not wholly unreasonable and that can be the starting point for your negotiations for the arrangements.
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Unlike in Australia in the Uk there is NO expectation that the care of children should be shared 50/50.
Instead Shared Care is seen as meaning that when the chidlren are with either parent that parent is fully responsible;e for their care - no matter how long or shote a time is involved.
There is clear evidence that 50/50 shared care is particularly bad for the under 5's - and if you are offering Friday to Monday alternate weekends plus one night in the week that is reasonable - but an extra few hours one evening each week and half of the school holidays will make it better