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Separation and Divorce

Separation and divorce can be a time of confusion, sorrow and pain for all members of the family. If you are separating or going through a divorce, it's a great idea to talk to your child and let him know that the marriage separation is not his fault and that both parents love him very much. It's also a good idea to tell your child that the divorce is permanent.

Try to retain as many routines as possible. Make sure your child knows he can ask you questions about the future and try to calm any fears he may have about the separation. Try to focus on the positives when talking to your child, and try to speak kindly of your spouse in front of your child. You could reassure him that he will get to spend time with both of you and maybe he will have two bedrooms! Most of all, make sure he knows how much he is cared for by both parents.

When you are ready, it may be a good idea to tell your child's teacher and childcare provider about the separation or divorce. Professionals in your child's life may notice changes in your child's behaviours or moods and having knowledge of the marriage separation may help them support your child. It may also be important to discuss custody arrangements to avoid confusion or communication breakdown between the home and school or child care centre.

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