Family Breakups


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When parents separate, it can be a time of change for everyone involved. We find that extended family members can often act as a great support during and after your parents' separation.


Whether its grandparents, aunties, uncles, counsins, god-parents or family friends - there is almost always someone who can provide you with support and listen to your worries. Sometimes, because they are not so directly involved with your immediate family, they can help by giving a different perspective or let you gain some distance from the situation.



For some young people, siblings can be great to have around when their parents are splitting up as they know what you're going through better than anyone else. This isn't the case for everyone though, and just like any family, brothers and sisters can drive you mad! Let alone when you add step-siblings and half-siblings into the mix.


If you feel comfortable doing so, we recommend talking to your siblings about what is going on, even if you find them annoying. It may be that they are struggling with your parents' split and are dealing with it in a different way from you. Or, it may seem like they don't care about the changes in your family as much as you do. Either way - it is important to remember that whatever you're going through, then a brother or sister might just be able to make that journey a little easier by being there alongside you. In the mean time, why not check out The Site's Sibling Survival Guide?


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