Recognising and facilitating multiple and differing relationship priorities after separation
Thursday 26 July, 1030 – 1150
The papers in this symposium address the question: How do we recognise and facilitate people’s multiple and differing relational priorities after separation?
The starting point for the papers is an acknowledgement that the plethora of research identifying a range of problems with care and contact when parents live apart indicates the need to rethink the privileging of clock and calendar time and nearby residence as the primary mechanism through which to do meaningful relationships when parents live apart.
The task instead is to consider the multiple ways meaningful relationships can be understood and practised. Such an approach has the potential to facilitate ways of doing post-separation family life that are more responsive to the variety of needs that are present post-separation. This necessitates recognising and negotiating tensions and alignments in the needs of children and adults, and in needs for ongoing relationships and disconnection, protection and more autonomy.