The Next Chapter

Divorce Resources for Women

‘Separation and Divorce’ Category

Parents’ break-up more likely to harm mental health of children aged seven to 14

Share with a friend

Research shows a 16% rise in emotional problems and 8% rise in conduct disordersParental separation is more likely to harm the mental health of children if they are aged at least seven when the split occurs, but appears to have no effect on the risks of them getting ill if they are younger, research has found.The research, involving 6,245 children and young people in the UK, is the first British study to explore the links between couple (more...)

When my parents split, I was told 11 was a bad age. Maybe it’s true | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Share with a friend

Yes, divorce happens, you just get on with it. But there can be scars, as new research indicates, and children need supportI was 11 when my parents separated. A “bad age”, people sometimes say, in that sagacious tone, when the topic comes up. It rarely does any more, because to have divorced parents is unexceptional these days.A “broken home” (file this term in the glossary along with “bad age” and “child (more...)

Christmas Is Often A Catalyst For Change – Successful Separation

Share with a friend

Christmas is a catalyst.
I often find that I get many clients coming to see me after Christmas about how to separate after spending more time together at Christmas. Christmas acts as a catalyst for change and the New Year offers a new beginning for many.
My article Handling Divorce Positively taken from my “Raising Happy Children for Dummies” book was recently published in an in – house Banking Magazine and I received a flurry of questions (more...)

Divorce CAN be nobody’s fault – can’t it?

Share with a friend

The law affecting families in England and Wales is changing. Since legal aid was withdrawn in family law cases by legislation in 2012, resolving disputes amicably on divorce has never been more important. People are having to navigate a complex legal framework without legal support at the most emotionally fraught time of their lives.
But the law itself is failing divorcing couples by making compromise more difficult. It effectively encourages spouses to attribute blame even when no-one is at (more...)

Separated But Living In The Same House…And Sleeping In The Same Bed

Share with a friend

 When a couple decides to separate, there are so many factors involved in what comes next. There are couples in which one person decides to move out immediately. There are couples who sell the home and both find new residences. And, there are couples who are separated but living in the same house.
There are a few reasons a couple might decide to remain living together for awhile. Perhaps the biggest reason: the kids. Maybe they want (more...)

Why Dads Matter in Divorce

Share with a friend

I recently attended an event  at The House of Commons called ‘Supporting families through separation’ & I’m also working with a very sad, distressed and rather defeated Dad going through a divorce and I have been supporting him by championing him, believing in him, and encouraging him to focus all his energy on not fighting the old, but on building the new. I simply ask the ‘(more...)

Communicating After Separation, Divorce or Family Break Up.

Share with a friend

Here’s my interview with Scott Doherty from Calm Scotland around supporting, nurturing and helping families through separation, divorce and family break up.

The post Communicating After Separation, Divorce or Family Break Up. appeared first on Sue Atkins The Parenting Coach.

Discipline During Divorce – Keep It Consistent.

Share with a friend

I work with lots of parents anxious about their children when the family is going through divorce. My simple advice is to ‘Keep It Consistent.’ Children thrive on consistency and even more so during the stressful and challenging time of divorce and separation. So keep as many things the same as you can, as it helps your child feel nurtured and surrounded by stability in a very fast and highly changing environment.
The post Discipline During Divorce &(more...)

Focusing on the initial stages of divorce and what role divorce retreats play as well as what you can expect from them.

Share with a friend

In this interview I talk about coping with divorce focusing on the initial stages of divorce and what role divorce retreats play as well as what you can expect from them.
Soila is the founder of The Divorce Magazine.
She is known for taking away the pain of trauma and loss in children, adolescents and their families and is the author of “When Love is Broken. A read-together book for children and parents going through divorce and separation.

Let’s end fault-based divorce system now | Letters

Share with a friend

Legal practitioners and charities help parents find solutions, but are hampered by the current system, write a range of professionals in the fieldThe government’s consultation process on how to reform the divorce system ends on 10 December. It is imperative that the best interests of children are kept at the heart of any decision. A new YouGov poll commissioned by Resolution shows 79% of the population believe conflict from divorce or separation can negatively affect children’(more...)