A study of over 4000 parents and children was commissioned by family lawyers at Mishcon de Reya to mark the 20th anniversary of the Children Act which was implemented in November 1989 to improve the welfare of youngsters caught in the middle of parental separation.
The research highlighted the detrimental effect on children of litigation following parental separation and led to Mishcon de Reya hosting a public debate on the issue held at Westminster on 9 November. The debate, chaired by Natasha Philips, comprised a panel including Sandra Davis, Tim Loughton (Shadow Children's Minister), Lords Justice Wall and Munby, Earl Listowel and Bob Reitmeir (CEO of The Children's Society). The debate was attended by Members of Parliament, representatives from the Department for Children, Schools and Family, CAFCASS and various NGOs, charities and not for profit organisations.
At the conclusion of the debate, Mishcon de Reya's proposals for compulsory attendance at "conflict clinics" as a pre-requisite to any subsequent litigation was released. For a copy, click here.
For further information contact Miles Geffin.
Policy Briefing Paper: Parental Separation, Children and the Courts