Good Divorce Week Resolution Parenting Guide

29th November 2021
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This year Good Divorce Week runs from 29 November to 3 December. We have been promotion good parenting through separation. You can find Advocate Le Quesne's interviews with ITV Channel News and BBC Radio Jersey below. 

Parents in Jersey offered free advice to protect children during separation and divorce | ITV News Channel

Jenny Mullin - 01/12/2021 - BBC Sounds

The focus of the Resolution initiative is good parenting through separation. This can be one of the most challenging parts of separating because you are trying to manage your own emotions as well as your children's, you are no longer in control of what happens when the children are not with you and you probably do not know what the best thing to do is even if you want to do it. 

It is extremely hard and having some knowledge and tools and reassurance is probably what you need. 

Corbett Le Quesne joins with thousands of family professionals to launch the Parenting Through Separation Guide during Good Divorce Week, an annual initiative by the family justice organisation Resolution to raise awareness of how families can separate amicably. Good Divorce Week runs from 29 November to 3 December and is organised by national family justice organisation Resolution.

Corbett Le Quesne is offering parents in Jersey a free guide that contains advice and information to help them put children first during a separation or divorce. You can download this or collect one from our office in West’s Centre.

Advocate Nicholas Le Quesne said “We know that the pandemic has put huge pressure on families and even more so on those who are separating. Every parent wants to put their children’s interests front and centre, but all too often they don’t know where to turn for help and they may not be given the support they need in order to do this. It’s important for parents to have access to good, authoritative and professional advice that helps them to parent responsibly through their separation. The free guide is available to any parent seeking help during their separation. It contains advice about how to co-parent with a former partner, background on the common disputes that arise between separating parents, and how to talk to children about divorce or separation, plus much more.”

Juliet Harvey, national chair of Resolution, said “I’m really pleased to have Corbett Le Quesne’s support during Good Divorce Week. Resolution members do really important work in their community to help families separate in a constructive and amicable way. The more families who know about and use the free Parenting Through Separation Guide, the better equipped they will be to navigate the challenges divorce and separation brings, particularly when it comes to putting children first.”

This is an extract of advice contained within the guide:

Top tips for discussing divorce with your children

  • If your situation allows, try to have a joint conversation when all of your children are present. Keep this age appropriate.
  • Plan a series of conversations, including different follow up conversations, if your children are different ages. Be mindful that their reactions will depend on their age, developmental stage and their individual personality.
  • Reassure your children that it is okay to feel sad or scared and showing emotion is good. They can always talk to either of you and ask questions.
  • Remember you are a role model and your children are watching how you manage this situation. If they see that you are still their parents, making decisions together about them, then they will cope better.
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