Parental Conflict Damaging To Children, Says High Court Judge Relationship Conflict Can Have Long-Lasting Impact On Children 29.09.2014 High Court judge Mr Justice Hayden has said that long-term conflict within a parental relationship is responsible for the long-term harm experienced by children at the centre of family breakdowns. He told couples that separation or divorce is not the main cause of problems for children, it is the conflict related to the breakdown of a relationship. Speaking while ruling on a legal issue relating to a parental dispute over a child, he said the message is given in family courts around the UK “time and time again”. He added: “It is not divorce or separation that harms children in the long term, it is conflict." Steps have recently been taken to improve the family justice system, particularly in cases where children are involved. The judiciary, the Children and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service and young people have been working together to make changes to the current system. Expert Opinion We welcome the comments from Mr Justice Hayden, as in our work we have seen the damage parental conflict can have on young people involved in divorce proceedings. Often conflict between parties can lead to the alienation of one parent from a child’s life, which can have a significant long-term impact on them and lead to conflicting parenting in some cases. “It is important those going through divorce and separations where conflict is involved consult legal advice to ensure that court orders are obtained that are fair to both parties and the potential for a hostile environment for children is avoided.” Zoe Round, Partner Key contact Zoe Round Partner 0114 274 4400 Email Zoe Related articles 23.05.2017Tribunal To Determine Status Of Deliveroo Riders 23.05.2017Terminally Ill Hospital Worker Appeals To Former Colleagues After Asbestos Cancer Diagnosis 23.05.2017Taylor Report Expected To Recommend Right To Request Guaranteed Hours 22.05.2017Former Commercial Manager Appeals To Former Colleagues For Help Following Cancer Diagnosis 22.05.2017Wallsend Road Bridge Asbestos Removal Welcomed 'But Questions Remain'