Support for Separating Families


Whether you are the parent that has made the decision to end the relationship, the parent that has had the decision imposed on them, or the child whose parents have separated, family separation is frequently a painful and traumatic time. 
Parents often have to adjust to taking on different roles within the family, learn new skills and sort out many practical matters at a time when they least feel like doing so. Children have to learn how to adapt to spending time with their parents in two separate homes and therefore, having two homes themselves. Children have to learn how to manage their parents’ separation and conflict can make them feel as though they are in the middle of a game of tug of war. Family members are no longer able to take each other for granted as everyone re-adjusts to a new way of living. There are steps however, that can be taken by parents and children to make their experience less painful and the transition through separation easier to navigate.
Going through a separation or experiencing parental separation as a child, is often so much easier if support is secured as early as possible in the process.
For parents, reducing conflict is crucial if children are going to not only survive the separation, but flourish, both during childhood and well into their adult lives.  Reducing conflict is often very difficult, due to the intense emotions that are experienced before, during and after separation.  Receiving the right support helps parents to reduce conflict which will benefit their children’s well-being, now and into the future.
Click on this link to see a video of 4 families, learning to “see it differently.”  Parents have fed back saying that this really helped them to look at things in a different light, reduce conflict and focus on the impact of what is happening on their children.
In the pages below, details of different types of support can be found.  They cover emotional support, support for parents, support for children and support for those who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. To find out more about each of the support services listed and to get a feel of whether any of these might be helpful to you or any of your family, click on the appropriate links in the following pages.