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How can I support my children through our separation or divorce?

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One of the biggest worries for parents who are thinking about separating or divorcing is the potential impact on their children. How will the children adapt to change? How do you talk to your children about the forthcoming changes, whilst also managing your emotions? How will you parent the children after you part? These are all really important questions. There are resources available to help you.

All the divorce and separation solicitors at Birkett Long are members of an organisation called Resolution. Resolution is a child focussed group of solicitors who seek to deal with family matters in a constructive and non-confrontational way, by agreement. There are great resources on their website at which tackle each of these difficult and sensitive issues to help parents have the tools to support their children. Please click on the link to find out more. 

Ultimately, you, as the children’s parents, are the best people to decide the most appropriate arrangements for your children once you separate. Studies show that it is the conflict between parents that is most damaging to children, not the separation itself. If you cannot agree what is in the best interests of the children, then there are a number of avenues open to you.

For a free initial chat with a specialist divorce and separation lawyer, without any obligation to take things further, please contact Francesca Cozens on 01245 453843 or email

To find out more, visit our divorce or ending a relationship section.