7 tips to help your kids survive parent breakup

A staggering 42% of UK marriages break down - and when kids are involved, it's vital to keep things amicable to limit the emotional strain on them. Evidence shows that it's conflict rather than the separation itself which is most damaging for children.

Recent news that A-listers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are to divorce has shocked Hollywood but the couple has stressed that they intend to do what's best for their six kids.

Fellow stars Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow famously described their 'conscious uncoupling' and talked of their wish to have an amicable breakup for their children's sake.

So how do you put your little ones first?

"We spend so much time planning our weddings but we often don't put much thought into managing our separations," says relationship counsellor Christine Northam from Relate. "There's a lot to be gained by keeping things amicable. The truth is that most children would prefer their parents to separate than to be unhappy and argue all of the time."

Follow these 'amicable divorce' tips to help your kids (and yourself).

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