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'These new findings show the wide-ranging impact of divorce and separation on young people. It underlines just how important it is that parents going through a split manage their separation in a way that minimises the stress and impact on the entire family, especially children, otherwise their exam results could suffer. Divorce and separation is always traumatic, but there is a better way to deal with it.'
'Each year around 100,000 children under 16 see their parents divorce. Almost half of all break-ups (48%) occur when there is at least one child in the relationship, and with 230,000 people in
England and Wales going through a divorce each year (and many more separating), this is an issue that affects hundreds of thousands of families in Britain every year.
Therefore it is crucial that couples do everything possible to resolve disagreements in an amicable way that minimises stress on all family members – particularly any children they may have.
It’s clear from our survey that children are suffering as a result of parental separation and that in some cases it’s exacerbated when parents place additional stresses on their children during their break-up. But there is a better way to manage your separation. That’s why we would encourage all separating couples to explore their options for an amicable divorce. There’s a free guide at www.resolution.org.uk/separatingtogether about the options available. Speak to a Resolution member, who will help you to find the right way forward for you, your family, and your children.'
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'Having to live between two houses during the week means that often it can be difficult and stressful to remember all of my books and homework, for example, two days in advance. The divorce also affected my primary education because I would get taken out of lessons to talk to teachers about how I was feeling or about what was happening now in the proceedings, which meant I missed out on time in class. As I got older, it became easier to focus just on school work and receive the correct support and understanding in secondary education.'Emma Austin, Home School Support Worker at
'As someone who works with children every day, I witness the implications of family breakdown which can often have a devastating impact on children including on their school life.'Separation: what options are available for separating couples?