MICHELLE There’s space at your dad’s. I’m sure he won’t mind if you stay there til you find your feet. CHRIS I’m 35 years old and I have to move back in with me dad. MICHELLE Well I’d be fine to find somewhere but it’s not about me, it’s about the kids. CHRIS Yeah, I get it. I don’t want the kids to be disrupted either. Jasper needs you here. MICHELLE You can come straight over after work. I want to make this as easy for them as possible. CHRIS No matter what we do, it’s not going to be easy for them.
MICHELLE Yeah but we’ve got to do the best we can in the circumstances. CHRIS I still don’t understand. Just tell me what I’ve done wrong. Tell me what’s changed. MICHELLE We’ve been over this and over this, you know why. CHRIS I can’t believe we can’t work things out. I mean we’ve always been able to in the past. MICHELLE Chris, I don’t want to go into it again CHRIS I just don’t understand why you are doing this. Michelle This is why. I can’t live like this. CHRIS Like what.
MICHELLE You haven’t listened to a word I’ve said. CHRIS Sorry I’m late mate Didn’t mum pack that in your bag today DYLAN I don’t want you and mummy to break up. CHRIS Looking back, it was hard. I thought Michelle and I were going to work things out. It was a real shock when I realised it was over. MICHELLE Your dad and I love you very much. But, we’ve decided it’s best for us to separate. DYLAN Don’t you two love each other anymore MICHELLE Not the same way that we used to. We can’t live in the same house anymore. It’s not a decision we made easily.
Telling the Children separation, divorce and child custody When Separating
HAYLEY So what about this weekend MICHELLE Well. CHRIS It’s your birthday. The plans stay the same. DYLAN What about my birthday What about Christmas CHRIS That’s just great Michelle. HAYLEY So what’s going to happen now Do I live with you or do I live with dad MICHELLE Your father and I are still working out the arrangements. We are going to do our best. HAYLEY I don’t want to go to another school. Why is this happening Do you have a boyfriend MICHELLE No Hayley HAYLEY I don’t understand mum.
MICHELLE Look Hayley, your dad and I are going to work out everything. You will go to the same school, you’ll still see your friends. Nothing too much is going to change for you. HAYLEY How can you say this! You and dad are separating! MICHELLE Hayley HAYLEY I don’t want to talk about this anymore. MICHELLE Where are you going HAYLEY To Sarah’s. MICHELLE How do you tell your kids you’re separating It’s a really, really difficult conversation to have. But you have to have it and you need to get advice before you do.
CHRIS Holding it together for the kids was probably one of the toughest things I’ve ever done in my life. I don’t think Michelle or I did a very good job of it. Kids only get one childhood. You don’t get another go. DYLAN Jake doesn’t see his dad anymore. CHRIS Well, that’s not going to happen here. I’ll always around Dylan. DYLAN Are you going to move away. CHRIS Maybe, but I’ll sort something out so that I’m close by. DYLAN We’re still going to play basketball together CHRIS Of course we are.
CHRIS How do you expect me to rent a place and pay the mortgage I’m not a millionaire Michelle. You don’t bring in much from your job. MICHELLE Chris, I don’t want to have this conversation again. You said you were going to look for a place. CHRIS Yeah I know what I said but you know I can’t just take a day off to look at properties. MICHELLE Come on. Dad said he’d help you find something. CHRIS Yeah he’d like that wouldn’t he. MICHELLE What’s that supposed to mean.
CHRIS Ah come on he never thought I was good enough for his precious daughter MICHELLE That’s ridiculous. CHRIS Oh there it is MICHELLE What CHRIS Why didn’t Dylan have this at basketball Do you know how important this is MICHELLE Yeah I do. I’m the one who takes him to the doctors, goes to the chemist, packs his sports bag. CHRIS Yeah well you packed it real good last time. MICHELLE About as good as you did picking him up on time CHRIS You know what HAYLEY Shut up!.