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At divorce and separation time, the children want to be heard | John-Paul Boyd

Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 11:03 AM | By John-Paul Boyd

Recent research from Rachel Birnbaum and Michael Saini provides fascinating insight into children’s experience of their parents’ separation and their participation in family law disputes.

In “A Qualitative Synthesis of Children’s Participation in Custody Disputes,” Birnbaum and Saini examine 35 qualitative studies conducted in 11 different countries involving more than 1,325 children to answer two questions: what do children say about their involvement in decision-making processes; and, whether and how children’s voices are heard when their parents separate.

Birnbaum and Saini found that children want to be...