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Over half of separated parents don’t believe in a ‘good separation’

Almost six in ten (58%) separated parents surveyed do not believe in the idea of a ‘good separation’, according to new polling from Relate.

The findings are revealed as the UK’s relationship support charity launches a new campaign aimed at separating and separated parents.

Being Parents Apart will offer guidance and support to families across the country, helping to make sure that children and young people cope with any heartache and changes in the best way possible.

The new campaign comes as Relate announces that calls to its national phone line rose by 53% on the first Monday of January 2014 compared to the first Monday of December 2013, with appointment bookings increasing by 86%. New Year is always a busy time for Relate as many couples and families spend concentrated time together during the holidays, which can highlight underlying issues.

Ruth Sutherland, Chief Executive of Relate, said:

“Heightened emotions can cause arguments and ill-feeling in a home before, during and after separation and kids often pick up more than we realise.

"This process can have knock-on effects for some children and young people, including problems at school, alcohol misuse and mental health and wellbeing issues. But having strong relationships that go the distance in good times and bad and knowing how to manage the separation process can improve outcomes for everyone.”

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