Sometimes it is useful to compare experiences with someone else who is going through or has been through the same thing.
Some counselling services offer support groups where you can share as much as you decide and hear what other people’s experiences are. It can feel better to do this in a group of strangers rather than sharing with family and friends. You might not want your family and friends to know all the details of your separation or you don’t want to involve them.
Courts often send parents on the Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP) – parents often feel they are being sent to learn how to be parents but this is not the case. It’s a group of parents all in the process of separation in conflict with their ex-partner. The programme provides lots of information on how children experience their parents’ separation and what they need as well as tips on how to avoid conflict or develop business-like relationships so that you can communicate about your child. Most parents find these short courses really helpful as a way of meeting others in the same situation.
Organisations like Gingerbread or local Children’s Centres might have support groups on offer in your area.
NFM is a network of professional family mediation providers based in England and Wales that work with families affected by relational breakdown. All providers aim to help clients achieve an outcome that works best for them and their family
If you would like to get more information about mediation and/or make an appointment you can contact NFM direct on 0300 4000 636 or you can also contact a NFM family mediation provider in your area.
All services also take referrals from Solicitors, the court or other helping / support agencies.