Family separation can be highly stressful and emotionally upsetting for children/youth as well as parents. Children who were previously coping well sometimes develop problems with anxiety, moodiness or anger. While it may be important to assess their difficulties professionally, in general children cope best if parents make their needs a top priority. Regardless of what has gone wrong in the adult relationship, both parents are still very important in a child’s life. Consistency, predictability and stability are vital to help them adjust.