An interesting report from Resolution - the national association of family lawyers has highlighted that children want to be consulted more about the key decisions when their parents separate. Over 50% of young people said they did not have any say over which parent they lived with and over 80% felt it was really important that they did not feel they had to choose with which parent they lived with post separation. Nearly half did not feel they understood what was going on.
The report suggests that a lot more needs to be done in making sure that where appropriate young children feel they have more of a say in how the arrangements for them after the separation of their parents will work in a way that means that they do not feel they are having to choose between parents.
Don’t stay together for our sake, say children Resolution , 23 NOV 2015 New polling has found that around eight out of ten children and young people with experience of parental separation or divorce would prefer their parents to split up if they are unhappy, rather than stay together.The poll of young people aged 14-22 with experience of parental separation, which was carried out by ComRes on behalf of family law organisation Resolution, has revealed fresh insights from children about the levels of involvement and amount of information they would like during their parents’ divorce. The findings are released ahead of a Parliamentary launch of new advice for divorcing parents.