Over 160 000 divorces are granted in the UK each year and the majority of these are to adults of about 40 years old. This means that a lot of teenagers get caught up in the turmoil of divorce. For many people, the divorce of their parents marks a turning point in their lives, whether the divorce happened many years ago or is taking place right now.

It is possible to cope with divorce - and have a happy family life in spite of some changes divorce may bring

Don’t forget it is your parents divorcing each other not their children.

Why Are My Parents Divorcing?

Most of the time parents divorce each other because they cannot live together happily any more.
Reasons include:

  • Parents not loving each other as they once did
  • Drifting apart
  • Meeting someone else they want as their partner
  • One parent changing and the other not able to adapt to the changes
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Physical or mental illness

It is very easy to blame yourself for your parents separation, but nothing could be further from the truth. Separation and divorce are as a result of your parents problems with each other and not due to their children.

The King's School 2008