New Hope for Separating and Divorcing Families



Separation and divorce impacts the composition and nature of the Canadian family. For children involved in failed adult relationships, the effects of parental conflict and inappropriate parenting approaches during and after the separation can have a lasting, negative consequences on their well being. Child welfare and other social and legal systems also shape how families and children are able to function and adjust to this major life change. Evidenced informed research investigating contexts and relational dynamics is needed to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families affected by high conflict separation and divorce.


In New Hope for Separating and Divorcing Families, you will find research that allows social workers to identify and develop policies and intervention strategies for working with separating parents and their children.  Learn about the effects that positive parenting behaviour has on children involved with divorcing parents, and the interventions that can be used to support and enhance parental competency. You will also find evidence that will assist child protection services investigate and make competent decisions where high conflict separation and divorce are present.


This hub also invites you to consider research exploring how virtual visitation and parental involvement can facilitate parent-child relationships in the aftermath of separation and divorce. Finally, discover a judge’s checklist tool developed from research exploring when and why the courts ordered supervised access for children caught in high conflict separation and divorce.


When it comes to achieving positive outcomes for children and families, parenting matters, as do evidence informed institutional policies, practices and clinical interventions. Social work needs good research to enhance the family and children’s capacity to succeed in their new, post-separation, lives.