This documentary series sets out to challenge the preconceived notion that just ‘getting a lawyer’ is the best approach when separating, by uncovering the lasting impact conflict has on our relationships and our kids.
Children whose parents go through a conflict laden separation are 50% more likely to get divorced themselves. This life-altering experience impacts how they deal with conflict and their future relationships, and that impact is passed down from generation to generation. This is known as intergenerational trauma and the knock-on effects are damaging our current and future relationships.
When parents get unnecessarily entangled in the family court system, the adversarial process actively encourages and exacerbates conflict by pitting parent against parent. This is what’s hurting our kids – the conflict. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Research shows that when parents separate cooperatively, there’s no measurable impact on the future lives of the children involved. In fact, it’s estimated that only 10% of cases need the courts, so why do so many end up in the system that don’t need to?
Reimagining Separation is a 3-part television documentary series that sets out to challenge the idea of how we approach family separation and the role the legal system plays, while proposing a better way for the sake of our future relationships and our kids. With 50% of marriages ending in divorce, and nearly half of them involving children, this series will kickstart a timely and important national conversation.
It’s time to change the way we think about ‘getting a lawyer’. It’s time to examine the lasting impact of conflict on our kids our relationships, and the cycle we’re perpetuating. It’s time for change.