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This essay will highlight some of the fundamental dilemmas faced by children of separating parents as well as reflecting some of the emotions engendered by it.

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Bibliography * Claire Fryer Thursday 18th December 2003 SW2110 Legal issues in Social Welfare Long Assignment The Children's Act 1989 emphasises the rights of children to be consulted in all aspects of their lives. Assess how far such consultation is desirable and practicable with children involved in divorce or separation? INTRODUCTION This assignment will explain the aims This essay will highlight some of the fundamental dilemmas faced by children of separating parents as well as reflecting some of the emotions engendered by it The Children's Act 1989 is a landmark of development in English law however it contains no cure for family problems. The Act is a relatively large piece of legislation, which consists of over 100 sections. ...read more.

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act is to provide the necessary legal tools to parents, relatives, foster carers, child minders, child care professions and judges so as to further the best interests of the children in their care. Children and young people, who are under the age of majority, have a special status, which is reflected, in their legal and social position in all communities. To be a child is to lack the full legal capacity of adults and the right to make decisions for oneself, to own land, to vote and to do many other things, which adults take for, granted. Children's views are not accorded the same respect as those of adults whatever their age or experience and children and young people are not regarded as experts in their own lives. ...read more.

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In the last 30 years there has been an increase of over 400 per cent in the number of divorces in England and Wales. It is estimated that 160,000 children experience divorce each year and 60 per of these children are under 16 years old. CHASING RAINBOWS Children who are the subjects of private law proceedings are those whose parents are in the process of a divorcing. The child's accommodation, education, care, financial support and contact with the non-residential parent are taken into consideration. Generally children in private law proceedings will only have a voice when their parents are in dispute and then d Children of divorce have to deal with a range of emotions as well as the radical changes that usually takes place both in the behaviour and state of mind of their parents and in their lifestyles. ...read more.

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