Divorce and separation

Divorce and separation can be very painful and distressing. But if you have recently separated from your partner, or your children are trying to adjust to a new family, you’re not alone. Family change is all around – more than one in four children in Britain will see their parents separate or divorce before they reach the age of 16.

If you are facing family change, you may be going through a range of feelings such as sadness, anger, fear of being alone, or relief. But whatever your feelings, it is really important to put your children’s needs first and avoid them being caught up in conflicts and arguments. Don’t lean on your children and expect them to be confidants, allies or friends.

One of the strongest emotions that parents can experience is loss. This can be about loss of a shared future, a family life in the same home, or a loss of the familiar and secure. Whatever the reason it can be an overwhelming feeling for you and your children. All loss needs to mourned, and you and your children need to do just that so the family can move forward.

On this page you will find some useful information on Divorce and separation, including details of services available, related guidance pages and quick links to helpful websites.

Related advice and information

  1. Divorce and separation: putting children first
  2. Divorce and separation: negotiating with your ex-partner
  3. Divorce and separation: Stepfamilies – making it work
  4. Separation anxiety
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