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Putting children first?

What will my children be feeling following relationship breakdown?

Divorce and separation affects children differently from adults. Children can have feelings of bewilderment, loneliness, anxiety, sadness and anger. Many children will think that they may have done something to cause the difficulties between their parents.

Children may be unsure whether the separation is temporary or permanent, which can add to the confusion. Some children, particularly younger ones, may also hold on unrealistically to the possibility of you getting back together even after long periods of separation.

Children often try to protect their own parents by not expressing these feelings or by saying different things to each parent, depending on what they think that parent might want to hear, so it is not uncommon for parents to underestimate what their children are going through during a divorce.

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