Conflict can have some serious long-term effects on children. Studies have shown that it’s not the separation or divorce itself that has an impact, but rather the conflict stemming from it that often has a detrimental impact on their well-being.
Resolution members are committed to reducing conflict, agreeing to a non-confrontational way of working that puts the best interests of children first.
As can be seen from the below statistics, it is so important to communicate openly and effectively with your children about what is going on. Children can often feel left in the dark which can be hugely unsettling.
Parents who choose to work collaboratively or through mediation can often spend time discussing what they are going to say to their children about the separation. Being able to communicate with each other can make communication with children seem less daunting.
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What young people (14-22 year olds) think (2015 ComRes survey) - More than 60% felt their parents had not ensured they were part of the decision-making process in their separation or divorce. - Half of young people indicated they did not have any say as to which parent they would live with or where they would live. - 88% agreed it was important to make sure children do not feel like they have to choose between parents. - About half admitted not understanding what was happening during their parents’ separation or divorce, while 19% agreed that they sometimes felt like it was their fault.