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Parents normally start by trying to negotaite a parenting plan where you decide where the child will live and what contact time they will have with the other parent. This can mean equal time with each parent or whatever arrangment you need having regard to their age and schooling needs. If you cannot negotiate directly you can use a family mediator, who will help both of you negotiate the terms of a parenting agreement. If this doesnt work you can go to the Family Court and in the end a judge will tell you what should happen.
So its a good idea to have some idea of what you want and start the process of negotiating parenting and contact times.