Dating during divorce with children

'There is nothing worse, for most children, than for their parents to denigrate each other.

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If a child's mother makes it clear to the child that his or her father is worthless - and vice versa - the child's sense of self-worth can be irredeemably damaged.'Parents simply do not realise the damage they do to their children by the battles they wage over them.

A child is not a piece of property which can be parcelled up and moved around at will.' Mr Justice Wall said that it was legitimate to criticise the family courts over the number of judges who become involved in a case.

In his speech to the pressure group Families Need Fathers, he said: 'Separating parents who are unable to resolve issues between themselves rarely act reasonably.

People think that post-separation parenting is easy.

'In fact, it is exceedingly difficult, and as a rule of thumb my experience is that the more intelligent the parent, the more intractable the dispute.

'Parents often find it difficult to understand that children both love and have a loyalty to both parents.

He also attacked his fellow judges for allowing some cases to go before as many as ten different judges.

Having one judge sit in all the hearings involving a family is essential to provide consistency, Lord Justice Wall said.

He said that, while working as an Appeal Court judge, he found 'cases in which as many as nine or ten judges had all dealt with the same case.

'Each had had to read the papers: each had had to make a decision and, inevitably, the decisions are sometimes inconsistent,' he said.

'In short, there is a total lack of judicial continuity.

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