Deaths of children and young people by suicide; the suicides of parents; even, the murder of children by their own parents or family members … each of these has been linked directly to family break-ups that have gone through family court systems. The correlation is inescapable – and sometimes terrifying.

In the USA, suicide is a major public health concern. Suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States. Based on recent mortality data, suicide in some populations is on the rise. Divorce and family separation, family court proceedings, and loss of relationships with children or parents are leading, contributing factors to rates of suicide.