FIFO workers no more likely to visit a divorce law firm than daily commuters

Date: Feb 27, 2014

A recent survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) reveals that fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers are no more at risk of getting divorced than daily commuters.

According to Ms Elly Robinson, manager of the Child Family Community Australia information exchange, FIFO families are often just as healthy and well-functioning as traditional ones.

However, the FIFO lifestyle can present a number of challenges that - left unchecked - could see one or both partners getting in touch with a divorce law firm.

"Most families have tended to cope with the lifestyle but it does not suit everyone," explained Ms Robinson in a February 19 statement.

"Children may experience negative emotions as the result of the FIFO parent's absence. They may have increased behaviour problems, ? particularly boys, greater experiences of bullying at school, and increased pressure to succeed academically."

The difficulty of communicating with FIFO workers onsite due to inadequate mobile phone coverage is also a common source of conflict between partners.

"Families themselves need to thoroughly review the benefits and challenges of the lifestyle and the likely impact on individuals within the family and the family as a whole," concluded Ms Robinson.

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