The Guardian, Tuesday 21 September 2010 Article history
Children are used as "ammunition" during separation.
Sir Nicholas Wall, Britain's most senior family judge, warned this week that parents are harming children during divorce proceedings, by using them as "the battlefield, [and] the ammunition".
At a speech to the charity Families Need Fathers in Coventry on Sunday, Sir Nicholas, who is president of the Family Division of the High Court, said: "parents simply do not realise the damage they do to their children by the battles they wage over them."
"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."