CitationBarnardos. (2013). Vision for Reforming Family Law. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/1060
AbstractChildren’s lives are invariably changed significantly once their parents make the decision to break up, separate
and / or divorce. The extent of this impact, either positive or negative, varies with each child but often there are
feelings of confusion, fear and heartbreak. The current structures and services that handle parental separation
are adult-focused and children sometimes get lost in the chaos of separation. The Minister for Justice and
Equality is currently looking at reforming the family law system in Ireland. Barnardos wants to influence that
reform by putting the focus on children in separation cases and to stress the need for the best possible
supports to help families deal with the upheaval of family breakdown.