By Peter Jones, founder
There is no shortage of studies on the effects of divorce, which is hardly surprising since family break ups affect so many people in so many ways.
However some ‘research’ published flies in the face of all previous commentaries – not to mention to our breadth and depth of experience in family law.
One such is a recent study that examined divorcing couples in 13 countries found that children are less likely to go into higher education than those where a split is acrimonious.
Nobody ever embarked on divorce because it was easy – the process is very often emotionally, financially and legally challenging.
And because of this I find the argument at the heart of this research – that the avoidance of clashes where parties separate on an amicable basis is somehow detrimental to children – to be highly suspect. The flip side is also somewhat dubious: that there is an assumed sense of relief that children of parents in highly volatile relationships feel when they part.
We know only too well that all separations have the potential to be hard for children, which is why we always urge our clients to put their interests first.
Parents who are not consumed by conflict and battles are more likely to place children at the centre of their concerns and strive towards ensuring that they are properly supported, including in their education.
The best environment to raise children is when both parents play a key role in their development – whether or not they are still living together.
Our dedicated Children Department is made up of some of the most experienced professionals balancing the needs of children and their parents in wide-ranging issues.
As collaborative family lawyers, we advise parents to reach a settlement, wherever possible, by avoiding protracted, expensive and stressful court confrontations. This will help the whole family come to terms with their new lives and face the future.
Ensuring children’s happiness and wellbeing is critical for separated parents – as is supporting their choices relating to higher education and careers.
For more information about children’s issues or any aspect of divorce or family law call our team of experts at Jones Myers on 0113 246 0055 or tweet us on @helpwithdivorce