Thirty-two per cent of separated mothers said they thought they had the sole right to make decisions about their children’s lives – more than twice the number of men who thought single parents should have sole say.
The report notes:
“…68 per cent of separated mothers said both parents should make decisions together about children’s futures, compared to 85 per cent of fathers.”
Relate urged separating parents to talk to each other.
Chief Executive Ruth Sutherland said:
“The one thing everyone can be sure of is that it’s the wellbeing of children which is of paramount importance here – so finding ways to work together as parents in the best interests of our children is vital.”
Harry Benson of campaign group the Marriage Foundation told the Mail: ‘Fathers must have a role in their children’s lives. Teenagers are much more likely to go off the rails if their fathers are not part of their lives.
The survey, examining attitudes to separation, was conducted by YouGov.
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