Relationship breakdown is tough and even more so in uncertain economic times. The breakdown of a relationship creates a range of issues and difficulties for parents and children that can be hard to tackle and resolve.
Uncertain economic times make it harder for parents to craft financial settlements as there is less available capital and income to share, jobs are under threat and living costs continue to rise. The family finances, which previously ran one household, now have to be stretched to run two households and this can place families under considerable pressure at an already difficult time and this can often create a significant drop in overall standards of living.
Parents’ financial worries can also impact on arrangements for the care and upbringing of their children. It can make it harder for parents to communicate and adjust to life as separated parents and make it difficult for them to agree residence, contact and other parenting arrangements for their children. For example overnight staying contact can become contentious if the separated parent’s new accommodation is at distance from the family home or is small and less child friendly due to financial constraints. These financial worries are often compounded by other concerns and pressures, which can make it difficult for parents to effectively parent their children and this can cause parenting disputes to arise.
Parenting disputes can become entrenched and difficult to resolve, as they are often emotionally charged and hard fought. Wider issues and concerns can also become entangled in the dispute, which can make it even harder to reach an agreement. For example, a deep seated lack of trust between parents, strong and unresolved feelings of anger, grief and shock and concerns over the introduction of a new partner.
Recent statistics show that increasing numbers of UK families (whether together or separated) are facing serious issues of conflict, which can (and do) bring famililes to tipping point. A significant proportion of these experience financial and emotional conflict, through job threats and loss, falling earnings, rising fuel and food costs, expensive childcare and the high cost of accommodation. It is therefore unsurprising that increasing numbers of relationships between parents are breaking down and parenting disputes arise.
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