Separation and divorce can be emotionally draining on the two adults directly involved. For those who are also parents, the experience can be especially overwhelming as they see the impact on their children. Parents, when going through their own emotional turmoil, may not know how to address these complicated life issues with their children or even where to look for help. There are some helpful resources out there for parents who find themselves in this situation. Below is a listing of some useful information and links to access it.
- What Happens Next?: Information for Kids about Separation and Divorce This publication was produced by the Government of Canada. It’s meant to help children between nine and twelve years old learn some basic facts about family law and give them an idea of the processes that parents may go through when they split up. The publication also talks about the emotional impacts of divorce.
- My Parents Live Apart This publication is produced by the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and is intended for children and youth, ages 10 to 15 years, dealing with parental separation and divorce. Although it is from a different province, it still contains some helpful information.
- Changeville This website, developed by the B.C. Justice Education Society and the Canada Department of Justice, is an engaging and entertaining place where children of separating or divorcing parents can go for information and support. The centrepiece of the site is an interactive on-line “town” called “Changeville”, where children can participate in activities, games and experiences that change with each visit. Separation/divorce topics are organized into various “streets”: children can learn about legal terminology on “Legal Street”, while “Break Up Street” outlines what can happen during the separation process. Its aim is to show children what to expect both practically and emotionally when their parents separate and divorce.
- Families Change This website set up by the government of British Columbia contains a children’s guide to separation and divorce, and provides general information about family law. It also touches upon the emotional issues that children may face during the process. It has a section aimed at teens in particular.