A recent study undertaken by a family studies expert at the University of Missouri-Columbia considers the use of communication technology by divorced parents. Within the study it recognises how effective text messages and emails can be in firming up the arrangements for children. However it also flags up that where there is hostility between parents such communication can be used to prolong the hostility and in some cases manipulate the other parent.
The professor who undertook the study, Lawrence Ganong, states that separated parents “need to set their feelings aside and understand that they need to communicate effectively in order to protect the emotional well-being of their children”.
As specialist family solicitors we know how important it is for parents who are separating or going through a divorce to be able to communicate with each other in the best interests of their children. Witnessing hostility between parents can have a detrimental impact upon children.
Effective and positive communication is not always easy and as detailed in my previous blog, there are family support services available which can specifically assist with communication issues for the benefit of the family when experiencing parenting or matrimonial issues.
Also see our recent blog in relation to parenting after parting.
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