There are a lot of pressures on relationships and, despite the best intentions, some relationships do not go the distance. This can be a very difficult time for all involved, especially for any children of the relationship, and a ceremony can help to make the transition from one way of life to another in a very positive sense. Such ceremonies need to be tailored very carefully to the individual situation. In the best scenario, each of the parties can be present to honour the time together, sever the ties in a respectful manner, and reaffirm their commitment to the wellbeing of the children. In more difficult separations, it may be a singular ceremony with the emphasis on cutting ties and moving on.