From a recent AIFS Study, these issues are important to kids when making post separation parenting arrangements:
Among the 3% of parents who went to court for parenting arrangements, most reported in the Survey of Separated Parents that they experienced family violence (physical violence 54%, emotional abuse 85%). Nearly 50% reported concerns for safety (their own, their children’s or both).
1. Kids want parents to listen more to their views about
parenting arrangements and separation generally.
2. Kids need support from parents and others as they
3. Kids want their views taken seriously by family law and
related services, particularly when safety concerns are
4. More than one third of children participating in the study
wanted ongoing communication with parents and others
to understand what was going on in the post separation
context, including various aspects of the legal process.