Separation is a distressing time for everyone but when children are involved, it can be even more difficult. It is impossible to avoid telling your children that you are separating and you won't be able to predict how they will react to the news.
Don't assume the worst - children can be highly adaptable.
There are several organisations that are available to support both you and your children:
Action for Children provide local support through Children and Family Centres and focus on helping the whole family in a time of separation.
Young Minds provide a Parents' Helpline 0808 802 5544 especially for those who have concerns about how divorce/separation is impacting their child's mental health.
Parenting NI and Parentline Scotland provide information, advice and guidance for parents who are concerned about the impact that their divorce or separation is having upon their children.