Talk to people in the same situation

Separation is a painful time for most people. It’s completely normal to go through different stages of sadness, anger and frustration. These feelings are going to be difficult for people to understand if they have not been involved in a similar situation. This is why it can help to talk to people who have been in a similar situation to yourself.

Finding support for your separation or divorce may not be as hard as you think. There are a number of avenues to take when it comes to support. Separation and divorce support groups are becoming more and more common, with online groups and forums usually being the easiest to access.

When looking for peer to peer support with separation and divorce, there are a few things you should consider doing:

  • Talk to other people who’ve gone through a similar experience, such as friends or family.
  • Talk to someone outside your immediate family or circle of friends – it can help to see things differently.
  • Look for online groups or forums.
  • Ask your GP to find you a local separation and divorce support group.
  • Listen to other people talk about how they coped.
  • Think about what might work for you.

Where can I go next?

  • Families need Fathers - local branch meetings

    Details of Families Need Fathers local branch meetings - Families Need Fathers provides information and support to parents of either sex, grandparents and wider family members following divorce and separation.

  • Gingerbread - community

    Gingerbread's community offers expert information, advice, practical support and campaigns for single parent families. They run a free Helpline, have a website packed with interactive advice and forums.

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    Family Lives - finding support during divorce/separation

    Access livechat, online forums and support from Family Lives, a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.