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Thinking of separating - separation and its effects on children

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If you are thinking of ending your relationship, it is good to be realistic about what it might mean for everyone in the family. Children have no say in a separation but it changes their lives. It is important that they feel safe and secure.

Separation is never easy for children. How they respond depends on their age and temperament.

Parenting SA  has developed a guide for parents going through big changes such as separation. Thinking of separating?   

Parenting SA - is a partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (South Australia).  

  • On the Parenting SA website there are many other Parent Easy Guides, eg. 'Family break-up', 'Blended families', 'Family violence', and Single parenting.

The Raising Children Network also has a lot of very good information for parents.

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.

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