How This Website Can Help Kids Adjust to Separation or Divorce.


This website is intended for children and youth living in Newfoundland and Labrador who are dealing with parental separation and divorce. It is meant to provide some basic information about family law and give young people an idea of the processes that parents may go through when they separate or divorce. It is not meant to get into technical details about the law. Children and youth often want basic information to better understand what their family is going through. Many questions may arise about divorce, separation, and family law, and parents may have limited tools to help inform their children about legal concepts and terms in a way that is easy to understand.

Our website is an information tool that may be helpful to answer some of the questions that can arise related to divorce or separation. Some children may need help reading or understanding the information we present here. That is where an adult may be needed to assist a child using this website. We suggest that you first read through the site on your own to better familiarize yourself with the topics that are discussed within it.

The website covers a variety of topics such as parenting arrangements, the emotional impact of separation on children and youth, safety, and child support. Definitions of commonly used terms are included, as well as a section on where to find help. We have included frequently asked questions, as well as some activities for children to do.

The information provided in this website does not constitute legal advice or opinion, but is only intended to provide general legal information. 

Message from the Executive Director

The Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Newfoundlanders and Labradorians about the law. We provide public legal education and information services with the intent of increasing access to justice for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

PLIAN would like to acknowledge the financial contribution of the Department of Justice Canada under the Supporting Families Fund which funded this project. PLIAN would also like to acknowledge the many people who have contributed to the research, writing, and editing of this website, including Debbie McKevitt, Sarah McHugh-Wade, Kelly Brockerville, the staff of Family Justice Services Division, as well as PLIAN’s volunteers and Board of Directors.

Kevin O’Shea, Executive Director