General Article Changing families

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If parents separate, their children are likely to be affected. It’s important for everyone – parents, grandparents and any new partners involved – to keep the needs of the children uppermost in their minds.

The importance of maintaining contact

If parents separate, one parent may move away or start a new relationship/family. In some circumstances, a parent may block a child’s contact with the other parent, grandparents or other family members. Sometimes a parent will choose to break off contact with their children. In these circumstances children are likely to have trouble maintaining contact with both parents.

There is strong evidence that in almost every situation, it’s in the child’s best interests to maintain contact with both of their parents – and their grandparents too. Having a healthy relationship with both parents contributes to children’s emotional well-being.

The effects of changes to living arrangements

After a separation some children may have to relocate to a new...

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