It’s fairly widely accepted now that children who have healthy contact with both parents after separation or divorce do better than those in sole custody of one parent. Research shows they are better adjusted physically, psychologically, and socially with peers and at school. Shared parenting is the key to this outcome.
Therefore, the way in which custody and access are handled in the process of a relationship breakdown has a huge effect on the outcome for children. Three of the key factors which affect children psychologically when their parents’ relationship breaks down are:
We are all too aware of how difficult and painful the process of separation or divorce is for parents, but it is vital to ensure that children’s needs and interests are protected throughout and beyond the process.
Our Tips for Child Focussed Access
If you are in the process of separation or divorce, here’s what you should be thinking about from the outset:
Think from the child’s perspective if possible and try to work out a plan that best suits their interests, needs, and schedules.
If you need advice or support on any of the issues raised above, please call Alan Finnerty on 01 637 6200. Or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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