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Substantial research literature confirms that parental break-up may seriously affect the well-being of their children. Research is less clear on the benefit to children of contact with their non-resident parent. This uncertainty undermines decision-making in a child's 'best interests' and throws doubt on the possible value to children of legal processes. The article reports on a recent research study examining the childhood experiences of a group of young adults whose parents had sought court assistance over contact arrangements. The research findings are assessed in the context of recent procedural reforms underpinning parental contact disputes.
This work provides commentary, checklists, procedural guides and precedents on the subject in a...