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Finding Support and Guidance Through Separation and Divorce

Welcome to our dedicated page offering assistance and guidance for those facing separation and divorce in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We understand this is a challenging time, and we’re here to provide information, resources, and support to help you navigate the complexities of separation and divorce.

Understanding Separation and Divorce

The organisations listed below can help you gain insights into separation and divorce’s legal and emotional aspects. Understand the differences between the two processes, the legal steps involved, and the emotional challenges often accompanying these life-changing events.

Legal Guidance and Resources

Access information on legal considerations, such as divorce, living arrangements, and financial matters. Learn about your rights, responsibilities, and the options available to you. We provide links to local legal resources to help you make informed decisions.

Emotional Wellbeing and Coping Strategies

Separation and divorce can take a toll on your emotional well-being. Explore coping strategies, self-care tips, and ways to manage stress and anxiety during this challenging period. Understanding and addressing your emotions is an essential part of moving forward. Find out more on our page, ‘Looking after yourself’.

Communication and Conflict Resolution

Effective communication is crucial, especially when navigating the complexities of separation. Discover strategies for open and respectful communication with your ex-partner. Learn conflict resolution techniques to help create a more positive and cooperative environment.

Support for Children

If you have children, their well-being is a top priority. The organisations below can provide guidance on talking to your children about separation, co-parenting effectively, and addressing their emotional needs during this transition. Find resources to support your children through the process. We also have a dedicated page of Information for Children and Young People.

Financial Planning and Assistance

Separation often involves financial adjustments. Get practical tips on financial planning, budgeting, and understanding your financial rights and responsibilities. Explore local resources that offer financial assistance and advice. Find out more on our Sorting Finances page.

Community Support Services

Connect with local support services available in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. These resources can provide additional assistance, guidance, and a sense of community during this challenging time. Remember that you’re not alone; support is available to help you navigate this chapter of your life.

Separation and divorce can be overwhelming, but you can navigate the process successfully with the correct information and support. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, and resources are available to assist you every step of the way.


A trusted professional can play a big part in helping sort out issues involving the breakdown of your marriage, care of your children, home and finances. Resolution members are committed to a Code of Practice, promoting a constructive approach to family issues that considers the whole family’s needs. Visit

Family Mediation Council

Family mediation is a process in which an independent, professionally trained mediator helps you work out arrangements for children and finances following separation. Choosing a mediator from the FMC Register guarantees that a mediator is appropriately trained, follows the FMC’s Code of Practice, maintains professional practice by carrying out appropriate professional development activities, and are supported by a supervisor (known as a Professional Practice Consultant). Find a local mediator at

Family Transitions

Family Transitions is here to support people, couples and children experiencing problems within the family with the tools they need to enjoy their family again or to embrace a positive, different future. They also offer a Middle Ground Parenting Programme. Visit

Parenting Through Separation Guide

Resolution offers a guide to Parenting Through Separation. Visit

UK Gov guide to divorce

The UK Government website offers a step-by-step guide to divorce and legal separation. Visit

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