CitationBarnardos. (2013). What about Me? Prioritising Children in Family Breakdown Proceedings. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/1062
AbstractChildren love growing up in a stable familiar
family environment so change to their family
circumstances can have a huge impact on their
lives. It is a very individual experience for every
child, but feelings of isolation, confusion and fear
of the unknown are common. Children can feel
trapped between their parents and afraid of being
honest about one parent to another out of sense
of loyalty or fear of further anger within the house.
This emotional burden on the child can affect their
wellbeing, their ability to cope with the transition
and their educational and social development both
in the short term and into their future. While in
some cases the relationship breakdown might lead
to a positive impact on the child in other cases the
child, can be very distressed out of fear that they
will not see their non-resident parent again.
Interestingly, while the majority of children continue
to be raised in a traditional nuclear family, one in
six children are living in lone parent households.
According to the Census 2011, the rate of marital
breakdown (number of separated and divorced
as a proportion of those ever married) is up from
8.7% to just under 10%. Specifically the number
of divorced people rose significantly to 87,770
up from 35,059 in 2006 while the number of
separated people levelled off at 116,194 up from
107,263 in 2006.