When your parents divorce, it makes you grow up fast.
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We were in Dad’s temporary custody for five years until the divorce was finalised, then we went to Mum. Dad would say that Mum took all his money and ruined his life.
He blamed her for him losing his temper at work and being fired, since he’d been particularly angry after a phone call from her.
I learned early on that it was better to avoid mentioning either one of them to the other. It was a big change - and I'm not good with change.'When they told me they were splitting up, I was taken to a therapist to talk about my feelings.
My sister is seven years older than me and moved out shortly after the divorce. I was only five and didn’t really understand what was happening.
I later found out we were used as ‘bargaining chips’ – you get the car, I get the kids – which I resent.
My relationship with both of them has suffered as a result.
That changed my life because it was like one of your parents dying.
Divorce makes you rebel - it gives you insecurities and a licence to do what you want, because your mum and dad are always playing a game with you.'My parents divorced when I was 12.
He also said that my sister and I weren’t safe with Mum’s boyfriend or her parents, and that he didn’t want us seeing them.
Mum would tell me that Dad was unstable (which was mostly true) and that we couldn’t believe anything he said about her.
At the time, I felt as though she left me to deal with my parents on my own. I knew they didn’t get along, but I just related it to children in my class who didn’t like each other.