Counselling for children keeps families out of court: study

NZ Herald 19 Dec 06
Counselling for children whose parents are separating would reduce the number of cases which end up in a court hearing, says Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier. Judge Boshier was commenting yesterday on new research which showed that family breakdowns were better resolved where children received independent counselling about their parents’ separation.Judge Boshier said about 5 per cent of Care of Children Act cases in the Family Court ended up in a defending hearing. That proportion would be less if children had counselling and their views were heard earlier, he said. Judge Boshier said where parents could see on the record what their children had to say about the separation they could change their stance and look at other options, including putting their children’s issues ahead of their own.