On the surface, it would appear that the divorce numbers are rising. However, the report on July 26 ("Mandate counselling for children in divorces") fails to take into account the rising population and the fact that the divorces also include expatriates and foreigners.
In the courts, the impact of divorce on children has always been a paramount consideration.
As a lawyer, I encourage the parties to resolve the divorce amicably by offering them collaborative family practice, conflict resolution and private mediation; I also send them for private counselling.
However, only a few lawyers are trained as collaborative practice lawyers and family mediators, and have undergone conflict resolution courses.
This means that not many lawyers are able to "sell" the amicable divorce approach.
I also advise parents not to cut off access to the other parent.
But the difficulty lies in the post-divorce situation. There are not enough steps taken by the Family Court to review access after the divorce.
More can be done to ensure that the controlling parent cooperates and complies with court orders to allow access to the other parent.
Gloria James-Civetta (Ms)
This article was first published on August 16, 2015.
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