24 Apr Statistics: Divorce & Children
According to the College of Law, approximately 43% of marriages end in separation and there are approximately 50,000 children each year newly affected by the end of their parent’s relationship.
In 25% of divorces the age of the youngest child is between 1 and 4. In 36% of divorces the age of the youngest child is between 5 and 9, and in 39% of divorces the age of the youngest child is between 10 and 17 years.
While these statistics are alarming, considerable resources are available to parties who wish to avoid the unnecessarily harsh impact on the 50,000 children each year whose parents are going through a separation.
We recommend to parents that they access resources to limit the impact of their separation on their children. The resources we might recommend include but are not limited to:
- Mediation service providers
- FDR programs
- Child Inclusive Mediation (in some cases).
- Family Counselling Services