This research summary highlights some key findings from a range of studies dealing with the experiences of separated families, children's needs in the context of the family law system, and the impact of domestic and family violence on parenting.

Key messages:

  • Most children are faring well after separation, according to their parents
  • Children in families affected by family violence are less likely to be doing as well as those in families not affected
  • Children and young people want their views to be considered and taken seriously by parents and, where applicable, by family law professionals, especially when safety concerns are raised
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