There's no doubt about it — it isn't easy when your parents split up. In fact, it might be the hardest thing you've ever had to deal with!
Whether you saw it coming after a lot of conflict and tension, or it just seemed to come out of the blue, you will probably experience some intense emotions. The good news is that it's entirely normal — and it will get better!
Most parents separate only after trying very hard to save their relationship. Some teens hope and believe that if they try to be on their very best behaviour, their parents will get back together.
However, this plan isn't likely to work, since their parents' decision to separate had nothing to do with them. Their decision to separate or divorce is usually final.
Many teens whose parents separate feel anxious about their own relationships in the future. But just because your parents separate doesn't mean the same thing will happen to you. What happens in your relationships will be up to you, not your parents!