It is Family Dispute Resolution Week which is highlighting the issues facing families going through divorce and separation. Run by family law organisation Resolution, this year the campaign focuses on how parents can put children and young people’s needs first during divorce. You can find helpful information and resources for parents, including advice, videos and infographics on parenting during divorce. Follow the #childrenfirst hashtag or visit  for more information.

Don’t stay together for our sake, say children

Resolution has found that around eight out of ten children and young people with experience of parental separation or divorce would prefer their parents to split up if they are unhappy, rather than stay together. Check out the results in the infographic below. The poll of young people aged 14-22 with experience of parental separation, was carried out by ComRes on behalf of  Resolution, has revealed fresh insights from children about the levels of involvement and amount of information they would like during their parents’ divorce.The survey results support the main advice Resolution shares in its Parenting Charter, which sets out what children should be able to expect from their parents during a divorce. These include children’s rights to be at the centre of any decisions made about their lives, feel and be loved and cared for by both parents, know and have contact with both sides of their families, including any siblings who may not live with them, as long as they are safe and have a childhood, including freedom from the pressures of adult concerns such as financial worries. Resolution has also produced a booklet for parents titled Separating Together, which promotes out of court dispute resolution to couples facing divorce and separation.

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