Three recently published reports each shine a spotlight on different members of separated families.
From them we learn that:
- Being in family court puts nearly half of fathers (44 per cent) at risk of clinical levels of distress (source: Families Need Fathers)
- Single parents, usually mothers, are more likely to experience severe problem debt than any other household type in the UK (source: Gingerbread)
- Children are losing out on access to one of their parents for months on end (source: DAD.info)
All these groups within separated families are struggling and the organisations whose research is mentioned are rightly championing the interests of the group on whose behalf they campaign.
These struggles of all family members echo our own experience.
But family mediators don’t prioritise one single interest group within a family. Their focus is on the wellbeing of the whole family.
As the leading provider of family mediation in England and Wales we continue to provide free video conference advice sessions for separating couples who are struggling to make future arrangements over parenting, money and property.
These free one-hour meetings with a family dispute resolution expert were made possible with grant funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to help separating couples discuss their options as they look to make vital arrangements. You can read more and book here.