Divorce conflict takes its toll on children

Couples who have found grounds for divorce need to keep conflict to a minimum, as this could prove harmful to children, an expert has noted.

Paula Hall, author of Help Your Children Cope With Your Divorce, stated that a good relationship needs to be maintained with both parties.

"Children react differently depending on their age; but lots of reassurance that you're still going to be a family, in spite of the fact that you will be living apart," she explained.

Couples who have filed for divorce need to make sure they inform their children together, as this will help them feel reassured about the situation, Ms Hall emphasised.

Find out more on how to deal with problems over contact with the children during divorce and how to use mediation during divorce to make your split less painful.

Office for National Statistics figures show that in 2009 throughout England and Wales, the divorce rate was as its lowest since 1974.

There were 113,949 separations in the year, marking a 6.4 per cent decline on 2008 levels.

Published on: February 18, 2011

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