The decision to separate or get a divorce is an adult decision made by your parents. It is not your fault. Your parents may be separating or divorcing, but that doesn’t mean they are divorcing you. Your parents are your parents forever.
You are not alone. Lots of kids go through the same thing you are going through now. They got through it, and you can too.
You can call their toll free number anytime to talk to an adult you can trust. Kids Help Phone is anonymous, that means they don’t know your name, and you don’t have to tell them if you don’t want to.
This group stands up for the rights of young people.
Toll Free: 1-877-753-3888
This is a group in Newfoundland and Labrador who give out information about the law. PLIAN has information they hand out and they also do presentations.
Toll Free: 1-888-660-7788
A police officer’s job is to help people during an emergency, to stop people from breaking the law and to catch people who break the law. The ONLY reason to call the police is if there is a REAL emergency, like if someone is hurting you. If you need to speak to a police officer, you should go to an adult you trust, like a parent, teacher, or other family member and tell them. The telephone number for the police can normally be found in the first few pages of the telephone book.
Getting a divorce is very serious. Parents only get a divorce when they can’t work out their problems. No matter what the parents argue about, the divorce is NEVER about the kids.
When parents divorce they will live in different homes. Sometimes this means that you have to move or that you will have two homes. It might be a little hard getting used to living with two parents at two different places.
Here are some tips to help make it easier:
Sometimes one or both of your parents will meet a new special friend who they will spend time with. Your parent may also want you to meet their new friend. The new friend is there because your parent likes them. Sometimes it can be hard to think of a new person that might be joining your family. The person isn’t there to replace your other parent.
Here are some tips to help you deal with your parent’s new friend: