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Understanding Emotions

During divorce, separation or family disputes, children can experience a range of complex emotions.  

It's important for parents to acknowledge and validate their children's emotions, create a safe space for them to express themselves, and provide reassurance and support as they navigate these challenging feelings.   


Children may feel sad about the loss of the family unit as they knew it.  They might miss the presence of one parent or the sense of security they felt before the separation.


Children may feel confused about why the divorce or separation is happening and what it means for their future.  They may struggle to understand complex adult concepts and may feel torn between their parents.


Children may experience anxiety about the changes in their lives and what the future holds.  They may worry about things like where they will live, if they will still see both parents regularly, and how their relationships with friends and family members may be affected.  

Find out about recognising signs of distress in your child

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