Beswicks Legal’s family team is offering families a free parenting guide to help them put their children first during divorce and separation.

The Parenting Through Separation Guide has been written by family professionals and its launch coincides with Good Divorce Week which runs from 29 November to 3 December and is run by national family justice organisation Resolution.

Our’ experienced family solicitors in both the Stoke-on-Trent and Altrincham offices are joining other Resolution members to launch the Parenting Through Separation Guide which contains advice 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, as well as stories from parents who have been through the process.

Family law partner Sarah Jones said: “We know that the pandemic has put huge pressure on families and even more so on those who are separating. Every parent wants to put their children’s interests front and centre, but all too often they don’t know where to turn for help and aren’t given the support they need to do this.

“It’s important for parents to have access to good, authoritative and professional advice that helps them to parent responsibly through their separation. We hope all separating parents will use the Parenting Through Separation Guide, to help them find a better way forward for them, and for their children.”

She added: “All of the family solicitors at Beswicks are members of Resolution which means that we promote a non-confrontational approach to resolving family difficulties and encourage solutions that consider the best interests of the whole family. Divorce and separation is enormously emotive for everyone involved and there are bound to be issues that cause disagreement, but if we can work through those in a constructive way, the benefits for all parties and, crucially, any children that might be involved are huge.”

Juliet Harvey, national chair of Resolution, said: I’m really pleased to have Beswicks’ support during Good Divorce Week. Resolution members like them do really important work in their communities to help families separate in a constructive and amicable way. The more families who know about and use the free Parenting Through Separation Guide, the better equipped they will be to navigate the challenges divorce and separation bring, particularly when it comes to putting children first.”

The guide can be found here: Parenting Through Separation

Here’s an extract of the advice contained within the guide:

Top tips for discussing divorce with your children

  • If your situation allows, try to have a joint conversation when all of your children are present. Keep this age-appropriate.
  • Plan a series of conversations, including different follow up conversations, if your children are of different ages. Be mindful that their reactions will depend on their age, developmental stage and their individual personality.
  • 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.
  • 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 need to speak to a family solicitor about divorce or separation, please contact us on 01782 205000, email enquiry@beswicks.com or request an appointment.

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