This is a heart-felt article by a journalist that went through the divorce of her parents at age 21. She found the emotional fall-out very difficult to cope with: losing the idealised view of her idyllic family, being subjected to the reality and pain of the experience from both sides, supporting both parents without taking sides, preserving the relationship with both.

As a profession, we are aware of the damage that can be inflicted upon younger children during divorce but the impact of relationship breakdown is severe on children (and all family members), no matter what their age and this cannot be negated.

The article provides some useful tips for overcoming this painful time.