Introduction One of the major challenges posed to separated families with children is to distinguish marital from parental roles. He was neither a good father nor a good husband: Marital and parental roles in low-income separated families 1. Antonia: And he kicked the food I bought They fought and she asked to spend some time at my home, until she could get another place. These speeches show over-maturity of children concerned about their parents, behaving in a way incompatible with their degree of development. In addition, it provides some freedom of responses, according to the variety of contents that may be built during the empirical process. Although participants have accessed public legal assistance, the slow pace of Justice is incompatible with the urgent needs of the low-income families. The differentiation between marital and parental roles is crucial in the marital separation process, understanding the end of marital links and keeping the parental relationship.