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Good Divorce Week 2018: Minimising the impact of conflict on children

27/11/2018

Family, Legal Updates

Hatch Brenner Solicitors is once again supporting Good Divorce Week 2018 – led by Family Law organisation Resolution who campaign for a fairer family justice system. Good Divorce Week 2018 this year is from 26 – 30 November.

The results of a new YouGov poll commissioned by Resolution have shown the conflict stemming from a separation or divorce often has a detrimental impact on the well-being of children.

In the 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.

The current law says, unless you have been separated for 2 years with consent, or 5 years without, you have to divorce on the grounds of adultery or behaviour. In 2016, the majority (60%) of divorces in England and Wales were granted on adultery and behaviour.

Divorce is always difficult, but having to show fault can increase the conflict between the couple and make it more difficult to sort out child and financial arrangements. 71% of the population agrees that no fault divorce is urgently needed to protect the long-term interests of children.

Richard Dilks, Head of the Hatch Brenner Family Law Department, Divorce Specialist Solicitor, member of Resolution and trained Resolution collaborative lawyer commented: “We fully support Resolution’s campaign for a change in the law to reduce the fallout from divorce – particularly for the children involved. As a Resolution member, we are committed to reducing conflict, following a non-confrontational way of working that puts the best interests of children first.

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.”

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/GoodDivo...

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Richard Dilks, Hatch Brenner Head of Family Law and Divorce specialist Solicitor

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