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A key finding of our research was that more than three-quarters of participants wanted their parents to communicate with them and listen to their views when it came to decisions affecting them (such as working out living arrangements). A number of children and young people also raised the benefits of having a neutral, independent third party to help them adjust to their post-separation circumstances and to formulate their views about parenting arrangements. With the release of our Children and Young People in Separated Parents Study Report, AIFS looks forward to engaging with the family law system sector to support consideration of potential developments to address the concerns and needs raised by children and young people in a safe and effective manner that is consistent with the best interests of children and young people.
Rachel Carson