Recent study reveals 1 in 8 divorced fathers in the UK have lost all contact with their children

Recent study reveals 1 in 8 divorced fathers in the UK have lost all contact with their children

A recent survey carried out by the National Centre for Social Research has concluded that in excess of 130,000 divorced fathers nationwide have lost contact with their children.

I know only too well how the absence of a father creates a massive void in a child's life, having lost my own father at a very young age. So reading this story in The Telegraph yesterday certainly struck a chord with me.

There could be a variety of reasons for fathers losing contact with their children. Recent changes to the legal aid scheme, where public funding is no longer available for fathers to pursue contact applications through the courts, is only likely to increase this number further.

Legal aid is still available for mediation (subject to means assessment). And my experience has been that, in the vast majority of cases where parents have sought mediation, simply sitting down and talking through matters with a trained mediator will lead to an amicable solution and generally see a significant improvement in the level of communication between them.

You can find out more about mediation in my blog, What is divorce mediation?

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