If your parents have separated or are in the process of splitting up, this page is for you.
You probably have a mixture of feelings about this change – you might be feeling sad, or angry, or like you’ve done something wrong. You might be worried about the future. When parents separate, it can be hard for everyone in the family. But this happens a lot (1 in 3 kids under 16 go through this). And it’s important to remember that it’s not your fault.
There are lots of reasons why parents might split up. Usually it’s because one or both of them have decided they aren’t happy being together anymore. Whatever their reason, it’s down to a problem in their relationship – not because of anything you’ve done.
And even if your parents don’t love each other anymore, they do still love you. So instead of thinking about your family breaking up, you could think about it as changing shape. You’ll still have both your parents – your family will just look a little different. For example, one of your parents will probably live somewhere else now. But you will still be a family.
This page talks you through what it means when parents separate. It also explains how you might be feeling and what you can do to get help, if you need it.
What does separating mean?
What might happen
Understanding your feelings
You’re not alone