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For separated parents, Christmas can be an especially painful time

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Separated parents should turn to friends or family for support to avoid potential isolation and loneliness during the festive season

Separated parents should turn to friends or family for support to avoid potential isolation and loneliness during the festive season

Separated parents should turn to friends or family for support to avoid potential isolation and loneliness during the festive season

The pandemic has put additional pressure on many couples and families, leading to increases in separation and divorce. Relationship difficulties may have been exacerbated by financial or childcare stresses associated with lockdowns. Increased, or enforced time together, may have led cracks in relationships to widen, perhaps with devastating impact.

Being a separated parent can be especially difficult at times like Christmas, since it often has very strong family associations, or poignant reminders of family togetherness. Being apart from your family, on a day like Christmas Day, can intensify feelings like loneliness. Navigating Christmas, as a separated parent, might take a lot of extra planning.


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