Families Change Teen Guide to Separation & Divorce

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What Might Change

These things might change:

  • One of your parents probably won't live with you anymore. Usually one parent moves out and finds another place to live.
  • You’ll probably spend time with one parent at a time. You might spend the same amount of time with each parent, or you might spend more time with one parent than the other.
  • Depending on the custody and visiting arrangements, you might have two homes. You might live with one parent some of the time and with the other parent the rest of the time. Or you might live only with one parent and visit the other parent. (See Dealing With It in the Strategies section for tips on having two homes and staying connected with a parent you don't spend a lot of time with.)
  • You might have to move from the family home to new home. This might mean moving to a new neighbourhood, and changing schools.
  • Your parents might have less money than before, because it costs more to run two homes. You might not be able to buy as many new clothes or eat out as often, at least for a while.
  • You might also be asked to help out around the house a little more than before. This might simply be because there is only one adult to do the work that two adults used to do. Or it could be because one of your parents has to get a job, or work more than before, in order to have enough money. While it’s not up to you to run the whole household yourself, you should do your part.
  • You may not see  your extended family — grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and others — as often as you did before. This might be temporary or for a longer time.