Family Law

Family Law Children and Separations

If you are separating with Children you may be interested in some research that has recently been carried out by the University of Sussex. The research was based on the recollections of a sample of just under 400 adults aged between 18 and 35 who took part in in-depth telephone interviews asking them to reflect on their memories of the experience of their parents’ separation. Important issues which became apparent and the main findings were:

  • The absence of parental conflict.
  • Good relations between the resident and non-resident parents and the child being consulted about arrangements.
  • Continuity of contact and its quality were more important to the children than its frequency.
  • Resident Parents were in fact more likely to encourage contact than to have undermined it.
  • Children of separated parents mature quickly and develop an insight into their own needs. They should be consulted far more routinely over arrangements for their future. Coercing them into arrangements they dislike is unlikely to be in their short or long term best interests.
  • The amount of time spent between parents was not as important as the quality, frequency and reliability of the contact time.

If you are interested in reading more you can download a summary or a full report from the Sussex Law School, University of Sussex, ISBN 978-0-9574831-0-1

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