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My parents are about to divorce

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    Hi, I’m 20 years old and currently attending university. My parents never had the best relationship with each other. They argue a lot, but they also have to work long hours and usually come home stressed. As such, they only get to spend a lot of time together after work or on the weekends. We still had fun as a family whenever we went out though.
    All of a sudden, my dad declared that he “can’t take the loneliness anymore” and took his pre-packaged suitcase and left (he went to his friend’s apartment for now). My mother was absolutely crushed, she cried for hours and I didn’t know how to console her. She’s also afraid that he might have cheated on her with a younger, prettier woman. I want to stay by her side and try to console her, but I also have a lot to do for university, seeing as I have to study and prepare myself for the biggest test of my life in 3 months. The amount we have to know for it is absolutely huge. It breaks my heart seeing her cry herself to sleep. Does anybody know how I should handle? My father’s actions have hurt me too, but I’m trying to stay strong for my mom. I also have to concentrate on uni, they don’t allow any sick days and they didn’t want to do online-teaching this semester. I don’t know what I should do.

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    Tell your father your mother needs a therapist now, and don’t overly console her or be her therapist. She needs an outside figure to talk to about your father. It’s not your responsibility. Try your best to focus on your studies. I’m sorry for you, for the stress right now but maybe in the end, it will be a better thing. Good luck.

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