What di­vorce RE­ALLY does to kids

Fam­ily break-ups can be dif­fi­cult to deal with at any age, as these three women tes­tify

Woman's Own - - BEHIND THE HEADLINES -

Di­vorce is al­ways tough but the big­gest im­pact can be on chil­dren stuck in the mid­dle, forced to pick sides and hav­ing to split the big oc­ca­sions.

Vicky Pat­ti­son has spo­ken about her par­ents’ re­cent split, fol­low­ing her dad’s bat­tle with al­co­holism.

While the TV star, 30, says the sep­a­ra­tion was dif­fi­cult to deal with, she hopes they now find hap­pi­ness apart. ‘Mum left him about a year ago, which was re­ally brave,’ she says. ‘She’s 60, beau­ti­ful and has so much to of­fer. He’s the only man she’s ever loved but she hasn’t had a cud­dle in years. My mam de­serves to be cud­dled.’ Is there ever a ‘good’ time to deal with di­vorce? Here, three women who saw their par­ents split at dif­fer­ent stages of life ex­plain how they were af­fected by the change.

Vicky Pat­ti­son’s par­ents re­cently sep­a­rated

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