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My parent got divorced when I was toddler and thus growing up I never grieved him leaving the house because my normal was me and my mom only. He kept in contact throught my entire childhood and adolescence and he's still a part of my life but I wouldn't say we are father-daughter close. While growing up he was never really there (only child support and mandatory visits). I guess my questions are: How do you deal with the grief of the absence of someone who is still somehow part of your life (If that can be considered a grieving process)? Are there any effects of this process in the long run?

And also, related: are there any effects of this situation in the long run for children whose parents got divorced when they were older (so they remember the process)? And what about children's whose parents split up but then get back together?

That ended up being longer that I expected. I apologise.