January is a time of year when many people who have realised that their relationship is over, start the process of leaving their partner. They might have been thinking of divorcing for a while, but they wait until after Christmas so that their family can enjoy the holidays. Sometimes the strains of the festive season are the final straw that prompts someone to take action. Many people worry about the stress and trauma that separation may have, particularly on their children. So how can parents make splitting up better for the kids?
Rosanne Cubitt, Head of Practice for Mediation and Parenting Apart, Relationships Scotland.