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Good Divorce Week 2021: A better way

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Good Divorce Week 2021: A better way

The Birkett Long Divorce and Family team is proud to support “Good Divorce Week 2021” which runs from 29 November to 3 December 2021.

The Good Divorce Week is an annual initiative run by the national family justice organisation Resolution. Its 6,500 members promote a non-confrontational approach to resolving family issues and who campaign for a fairer family justice system.

All the lawyers in the Birkett Long Divorce and Family team are Resolution members and are committed to the Resolution Code of Practice. It promotes a constructive approach to family issues and considers the needs of the whole family, in particular the best interests of children.

The theme of this year’s Good Divorce Week is “Parenting Through Separation”. It focuses on how parents can find a better way forward for them and for their children to parent responsibly through their separation.  

The aim is to raise awareness of how families can separate amicably and embrace a child-focussed approach to separation. Now, more than ever, this is extremely important as we understand the huge strain the pandemic has put on families, especially those who are separating. 

We know that the children of parents who are separating can find the separation process extremely difficult. It is so important for parents to have access to good, authoritative and professional advice to help them put their children first during what is a very stressful time.

Resolution has created the “Parenting Through Separation Guide”. During Good Divorce Week, the Family and Divorce team at Birkett Long are offering for free to local families who are divorcing or separating. We are also offering free 30-minute appointments for those involved in or who are facing a relationship breakdown to discuss matters with a specialist divorce and separation lawyer.

The Resolution Parenting Through Separation Guide is written by family professionals and contains advice and information for parents to help them put their children first during a separation or divorce.  It contains guidance about how to co-parent with a former partner, background on the common disputes that arise between separating parents, and how to talk to children about the painful topic of divorce or separation, plus much more.  

Some of the top tips in the guide for discussing divorce with your children include:

  1. If your situation allows, try to have a joint conversation when all of your children are present. Keep this age appropriate.
  2. Plan a series of conversations, including different follow up conversations, if your children are different ages. Be mindful that their reactions will depend on their age, developmental stage and their individual personality.
  3. Reassure your children that it is okay to feel sad or scared and showing emotion is good. They can always talk to either of you and ask questions.
  4. Remember you are a role model and your children are watching how you manage this situation. If they see that you are still their parents, making decisions together about them, then they will cope better.

If you would like to receive a free copy of the Parenting Through Separation Guide please get in touch with me on author email and phone. You can book a free 30-minute appointment during Good Divorce Week here. We understand that divorce and separation can be very difficult and stressful. We are here to help and welcome the opportunity to speak with those facing these issues so that we can provide some helpful information and guidance.   

If you require any more information on this topic please contact Shelley via shelley.cumbers@birkettlong.co.uk or call 01206 217378.

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