You helped me end my relationship amicably and do what's best for our son

You helped me end my relationship amicably and do what's best for our son

April 15, 2022

DEAR DEIDRE: WHEN I wrote to you, my girlfriend had taken our son and gone to have some “space” for a few days.

I was hurt and confused and couldn’t understand what had gone wrong.


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After five years together, I believed we were happy.

I’m 35, she’s 32, and our son is two.

You reassured me that I hadn’t done anything wrong and said some of her behaviour sounded controlling.

You encouraged me to try to talk to her, with the aid of a professional counsellor if she’d agree.

You recommended Tavistock Relationships (020 7380 1960, tavistockrelationships.org) and sent me your support pack on counselling.

You also told me that, whatever ­happened, I could still be a good father to my son.

My girlfriend and I ended up splitting.

But we’ve worked out a good way of co-parenting, so our son hasn’t suffered from our break-up.

And it turns out you were right and our break-up was for the best.

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My life is now so much better.

Thank you, Deidre, for your advice.

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DEIDRE SAYS: I’m so glad things worked out.

Well done for separating in a way where you both put your son first. That is a proper achievement.

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