Keeping kids first helps minimise fallout from family breakdown
The Family Team at Stone Rowe Brewer LLP support Resolution’s Campaign for a change in the law to reduce the fallout from divorce on children, after figures released today revealed the impact of conflict between separating parents.
In a new poll, 79% of the population agreed conflict from divorce or separation can affect negatively children’s mental health, a figure rising to 87% among those who experienced their parents’ divorce as children. 77% said conflict could affect children’s academic performance and a further two-thirds felt social interactions and the ability to form healthy romantic relationships were also jeopardised.
Good Divorce Week aims to provide practical help, highlighting ways for separating parents to put their children’s needs first, as well as calling on government to urgently remove blame from the divorce process.
As 200,000 people divorce each year in England and Wales, an overwhelming 79% of the public support measures that would remove blame from the divorce process, with 71% believing change is urgently needed to reduce the negative impact on children.
Lisa Broddle, Head of the Family Team, Solicitor, Accredited Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer explained that while most parents she works with want to keep a child’s best interest at the forefront of their separation and divorce, the current fault-based divorce system can make this a challenge.
Mikayla Lettin, Family Solicitor said:
Many couples are surprised that they cannot just cite irreconcilable differences or say they’ve grown apart. Resolution has been campaigning for decades to remove blame from the divorce process. Evidence shows the impact of conflict stemming from the requirement to blame can have a detrimental effect on the couple and any children they may have.
Lisa Broddle indicates that Resolution has made resources available, both to the public but also local practitioners, to help them campaign to change the system and raise awareness of the long-term impact this conflict can have on children. These are available at www.resolution.org.uk/GoodDivorceWeek
Family Team Stone Rowe Brewer LLP