4 in 5 young people would rather their parents divorced than were together for the kids

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21st January 2016 17:11 - Professional Services

A recent survey by the family law organisation, Resolution, has found that the majority of young people, whose parents have divorced, believe that parents should not just stay together for the sake of their children.

Of the young people aged between 14 and 22 in the survey who had experienced the divorce of their parents, 82 per cent said that they would rather their parents separated if they were unhappy together.

When asked if they had any advice for other young people whose parents were going through a divorce, one youngster said:

“Don’t stay together for a child’s sake, better to divorce than stay together for another few years and divorce on bad terms.”

The survey findings revealed that children would like more involvement with decisions made during the process of divorcing, with more than 60 per cent of the survey respondents saying that they felt their parents had not included them in the decision making during their separation or divorce.

Of the young people in the survey, 50 per cent said that they did not get to choose which parent they would live with or whereabouts they would like to live. Despite this, 88 per cent said that it was important to include children so they do not feel like they have to choose between their mother or father.

Approximately 50 per cent of the young people in the survey said that they felt confused during their parents’ divorce and 19 per cent even felt like it was their fault. Despite this, 50 per cent of the respondents said that their parents put they needs first.

The market researchers surveyed 514 young people aged between 14 and 22, who had experience of parental divorce, or separation from a long-term, cohabiting relationship.

Of the participants, 31 per cent said that they would prefer it if their parents had not spoken badly of each other in front of them and a further 30 per cent said they wish their parents had understood what it felt like to be caught in the middle, as the child.

The survey findings also indicated that children’s’ relationships with their mother and other family members were likely to improve or remain the same post-divorce, whereas relationships with their father is likely to get worse.

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