Support for Children

Support for Children

My parents are separating what should I do?

Sometimes, parents decide that they are not going to be together anymore and that they want to separate or get a divorce. It’s important to know that it’s not your fault that your parents are separating and that with the right support, your parents will be able to make a plan that has your best interests at heart.

What happens next?

Your parents will need to decide where they both will live and then along with you, they will need to decide how you will share your time with your parents – if it is safe for you to do so.

They will have to sort out other things like how to share their property and money, and if they are married then they will need to sort out a divorce as well, but all of these things take time and the most important thing is to make sure that you are safe and looked after.

If you would like to speak to someone, you can call Childline on 0800 1111 There is a lot of useful information about family separation, written for children on the Childline website here.

Also, if you are struggling emotionally, you can find the right support here

Have your say: Child Inclusive Mediation offers children a safe and neutral space to be heard. Your feelings and wishes for the future can then be taken into account when your parents are making decisions about child arrangements. This process is called Child Inclusive Mediation and allows you, to speak to an independent Family Mediator. Read more about mediation here

You may also want to have a look at this film – The Rights Idea

There are 24 top tips for separating parents, written by children from the Family Justice Young People’s Board. You may want to read them and share them with your parents. You can read them here.