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Children want more say when their parents get divorced

Posted: 5th January 2016   In: , Family Law - Berkhamsted, Family Law - Luton

Children want more say in what happens to them when their parents get divorced, according to research carried out for the family law group, Resolution.

The survey also revealed that 82% said they would prefer that their parents separated if they were unhappy rather than stay together. Resolution quotes one young person as saying: “Don’t stay together for a child’s sake, better to divorce than stay together for another few years and divorce on bad terms.”

The main findings of the research suggests children feel left out of the decision making process during divorce proceedings and want more input about who they live with and what happens to them after their parents separate.

The survey of young people aged 14-22 with experience of parental separation was carried out by ComRes on behalf of Resolution.

These are some of the key points:

Resolution chairperson Jo Edwards said: “Being exposed to conflict and uncertainty about the future are what’s most damaging for children, not the fact of divorce itself. This means it is essential that parents act responsibly to shelter their children from adult disagreements, and take appropriate action to communicate with their children throughout this process, and make them feel involved in key decisions, such as where they will live after the divorce.

“We should be supporting parents to choose an out of court divorce method, such as mediation or collaborative practice. This will help parents to maintain control over the divorce and ensure their children’s needs are, and remain, the central focus.”

Please contact Paul Owen or Kirsty Bowers if you would like more information about the issues raised in this article or any aspect of family law including mediation and collaborative practice.

Posted by: Paul Owen
Family
Berkhamsted Office