Being a parent isn’t easy, especially in the tough times like dealing with separation. When it comes down to the moments that matter, it’s the quality of our relationships that get parents and kids through.
We know that separating well – where both parents are able to be amicable, cooperative and fully engaged with their children – means better outcomes for the whole family.
Our Being Parents Apart campaign aims to raise awareness of the challenges that separation brings and let parents know that we’re here to help.
How we can help
We offer a variety of support for parents and families at all stages of separation. Let us support you through the heartache and changes in a way that works for you.
What next? The parents' guide to separation
What next? is a free online tool full of information and practical exercises written by Relate counsellors to help you work together in the best interests of your children.
The tool provides guides on:
- Thinking about splitting up
- Talking about separation
- Coping with thoughts and feelings
- Dealing with children's feelings and behaviour
- Planning living arrangements
- Preventing harm from arguments or abuse
- Legal and money matters
You can select the topics that are relevant to you, save the guides and exercises and build your own action plan. The site is mobile and tablet friendly so you can build your personlised plan on the move.
If you're considering separation or have already separated and want some support visit What Next? The parents' guide to separation
Counselling for separating families
Family counselling can help you to understand and cope better with the stresses and strains of separation and help you move forward.
Separation workshops for parents and children
Our workshops can help you to put things in perspective, learn how to deal with difficult situations and restore balance to family life. We provide workshops for divorced or separating couples, and parents and families.
Children and young people's counselling
Children and teenagers can find it difficult to cope with the changes and upheavals of separation, talking to a Relate Young People's counsellor can help give them the support they need.
How to talk to your children about separation
Watch our video on practical ways to talk to your children about separation from Relate Therapist Paula Hall.
Supporting your teenage children through separation
Teenagers have a lot to cope with and can struggle to talk openly about their feelings. Our Parenting Troubled Teenagers website offers support and guidance on some of the issues your teenagers may be dealing with and how you can help them.