A recent study has found that adverse childhood experiences such as being the child of divorced or separated parents can lead to life-long problems with health and mental wellbeing. This is particularly the case where there has been an acrimonious divorce. Although not wanting to be alarmist, there is evidence to show that common behaviours in children who have been affected by divorce, are an increased likelihood of involvement in crime, early and unplanned pregnancies, depression and unemployment. There is also evidence that such behaviours are cyclic and that the next generation will have the same issues.
These problems can be alleviated by ensuring that, if there has to be a separation or divorce, the matter is kept as amicable as possible. It is possible to obtain an amicable divorce and resolution to all issues, such as the financial settlement and arrangements for the children, without court proceedings or bitterness and fighting.
Options, such as mediation and collaborative law, assist parents in continuing to communicate for the benefit of the children. There are also specialist separating parent courses and programmes which can provide innovative ways to get through the most testing times and provide much needed support when couples need it the most.
For further information on divorce and family law issues, please contact a member of our family team on 01625 442100.