The Irwin Mitchell research on stress in relationships shows that 42% of married parents said they often ended up arguing in front of their children, despite trying not to. Together with Kids in the Middle, the law firm is now encouraging couples to ensure they put their children first if they are seeking a divorce.
Alison Hawes added:
'While adults can speak to their divorce lawyers and get advice on what happens next, we know from research that young people, especially teenagers, often do not know where to turn to for advice once they are told the news by separating parents. It's important for their future that any stress during divorce is minimised.
That's where charities such as Kids in the Middle come in, as they have gathered information and resources from people who have been in the same situation to provide a voice for children caught up in divorce on their website
There is a desire from every direction to see divorces carried out in a fair and amicable manner. Family law judges are very keen for couples, especially parents, to try to resolve disputes before resorting to court proceedings. At Irwin Mitchell we have qualified mediators or collaborative lawyers in every office.
All relationships are different and each individual divorce or separation has different issues, whether amicable or not. The important thing is to seek professional advice early so that the right course of action can be agreed, especially where children are involved.'
Duncan Fisher, who set up Kids in the Middle, said:
'Being a teenager is hard enough, and having their family life drastically changed at a crucial and often already stressful time in their lives leaves many young people feeling alone and lost. We want to give people a chance to speak to family experts as well as other young people so they can better handle the emotions and stresses that come with this situation.'
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