Generally speaking, children hate divorce. Not only do their parents separate or divorce but they may lose their home, have to move away from friends, school and even family members. A parent, usually the mother, who looks after the day to day care of the children may form a new relationship and then the children need to consider as best they can, often at young ages, how this new person will fit into their lives; and not to upset their parents. Perhaps this new person has his/her own children and then inevitably could lead to cohabitation or a new marriage when they are all living together.
There is nothing new in this, people’s lives can become very tangled; and there is always the risk that a new relationship may break down which can only add to further complication and confusion for any children of the family.
New relationships will be a gamble but central to this must be a child’s well being. In our recent blog “Mum and Dad Glue” we write about books written for children whose parents are separating or divorcing. Statistics show us that second marriages/relationships are more likely to end up in divorce than first marriages and cohabiting couples are more likely to split up. Children thrive on stability so a further breakdown of a relationship could have quite a negative affect and result in further conflict.
Obviously, there can be very good reasons for introducing a new person into the home but sadly the good of the children is not always uppermost in the minds of adults contemplating a new relationship or remarriage; and it should be.
Maguire Family Law is a specialist firm of Family Law and Divorce Law solicitors based in Wilmslow, Cheshire. We offer legal advice to parties going through a divorce including the financial issues which flow from this and children matters including child maintenance.
We can also advise on Schedule1 Children Act 1989 applications.