According to the latest Statistics Canada census, 16.3% of Canadian families (with or without children) were lone-parent families in 2011. Of those lone-parent families, more than half (50.8%) were divorced or separated.

These simple numbers paint real-life scenarios that are complicated and highly emotional. Andrew Haines, a spokesperson for the One Parent Families Association of Canada, knows that all too well. “The process by which you get single is enormously painful for your entire family,” he says. “Everything is happening during a very emotional time and you may have to make major decisions while under a lot of stress.”

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