When a marriage breaks down, the husband and wife are often seeking a clean break. However, when they have children, the parents’ ongoing parental relationship as co-parents, will last for the rest of their lives. Developing a good co-parenting relationship, during the emotional turmoil of a separation, can be difficult.

Resolution, a family justice organisation, have recently published a free guide for parents entitled “Parenting Through Separation”. Resolution is an organisation of family justice professionals who seek to support families and professionals in resolving family law issues in a constructive and amicable way. 

New research commissioned by Resolution, revealed that two thirds of parents said they lacked help or advice about how to put their children first when they split from their partner. The latest official figures from the England and Wales family court, show almost 90,000 children were involved in private law applications during the previous 12 months. These are applications that determine matters such as who the child lives with. This is the highest figure ever recorded.

Resolution’s Parenting Through Separation guide acknowledges that it is usually not possible for separation to occur without conflict. However, reducing the conflict and the trauma this causes can lead to better outcomes for families. 

The guide includes:

  • Useful information and reassurance about the emotional and practical elements of a relationship coming to an end.

  • Advice on how and when to involve the children and how to talk to them, depending on their age and maturity.

  • How to develop a good co-parenting relationship.

  • Explanation of how a legal professional can help and the options available without going to court.

Instructing solicitors can be perceived as confrontational, however this does not need to be the case. Solicitor-led negotiations can assist in the resolution of issues amicably. Your solicitor is there to represent you and advise on your rights and obligations in a separation. They are also there to help you find the right long-term solutions for your family.

If you would like to speak to one of our solicitors specialising in family law, please contact our Practice Development Manager Richard on: 01925 263273; or rbruce@fionabruce.co.uk  to arrange an initial consultation. Alternatively, please visit our website: /

The contents of this article do not constitute legal advice and are provided for general information purposes only.

The contents of this post do not constitute legal advice and are provided for general information purposes only