Lengthy divorce battles 'harm children'

Children can be badly affected when their parents get involved in lengthy divorce battles, a senior judge has warned.

Sir Nicholas Wall, president of the family division at the High Court, said he often sees parents using their children as "ammunition" in their legal disputes.

"Parents simply do not realise the damage they do to their children by the battles they wage over them," he insisted.

"My experience is that the more intelligent the parent, the more intractable the dispute," the judge added.

Sir Nicholas insisted that disputes over child custody are best resolved outside of the courtroom and should always take into account the needs of the youngsters over the personal issues between the parents.

A DIY divorce could help families avoid lengthy legal battles, provided they have proper grounds for separation and the decision to divorce is uncontested.

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Published on: September 22, 2010

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