The family court has a role in resolving disputes between separating parents over child arrangements—known as private law. More than twice as many private law applications are started in England and Wales each year than public law applications. Yet little is known about the children and families involved in them.
As part of Nuffield Family Justice Observatory’s focus on how the well-being of children and families can be improved following parental separation, there is a need to better understand children’s views and experiences.
We recently identified and summarised the extent of the research in this area. This paper provides an overview of the studies identified.