How parents interact with each other, regardless of whether they are together or separated, has a big impact on their children.
Disagreements are completely normal, but regular conflict between parents can affect children negatively.
Evidence shows that parental conflict can have a negative impact on children, particularly in terms of mental health, problems at school, sleep difficulties and poorer health. This is regardless of whether the parents are together or separated.
The risk of conflict between parents is higher at crucial points in family life, such as becoming pregnant, having a baby, a child starting or changing school, or separation and divorce.
The Spectrum of Intimate Relationships shows the difference between parental conflict and domestic abuse.
You can find more information and evidence about parental conflict on the EIF Reducing Parental Conflict Hub.
You can read Hertfordshire’s Needs Analysis on parental conflict.