Separation can often lead to feelings of bitterness and resentment between parents.
This can result in mistrust, accusations and ultimately a breakdown in constructive communication. Whilst it can be easy to let emotions take hold, parents need to consider the effect of their dispute upon their children. A child will naturally face difficulty in adjusting to the restructuring of the family unit, often characterised by a sense of insecurity and instability. It is important that parents consider the best interests of their children and try to minimise the disturbance they will feel to their day to day lives. Undertaking a process which encourages the reduction, and potentially the resolution of conflict is ultimately the best option for all parties. The cut-throat and adversarial nature of litigation can place an unnecessary emotional burden on both children and parents. Collaborative practice is thus recommended as a method by which parents can be supported in reaching an amicable agreement that focuses on a cooperative approach to finding the best solution for everyone.