Divorce Essay

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The unfortunate truth about all first marriages today is that they stand a 45 percent chance of divorce, and an even higher 60 percent chance of divorce with all second marriages. Because divorce has become so prevalent for nearly two generations, it is likely that about a fourth of all adults from ages 18 to 44 have parents who have divorced. It is hard to believe that each and every one of these adults would be negatively affected because of a decision made by someone else. So the question is, what effect, if any, does divorce have on children? And furthermore, does this experience have a long-term influence, or is it ultimately overcome by other life events? Some effects of divorce develop immediately following separation, with the possibility of increasing over time. Parental loss: In most cases, divorce often results in the loss of contact with one parent. Both parents are important resources for children and provide emotional support and assistance, and a continued relationship with both parents is ideal. That being said, one could argue that the divorce itself is not the underlying negative cause, but that of the quality of the parent-child relationship. Frequent contact and a continued relationship can minimize, or even eliminate divorce related stress due to parent loss. Economic loss: Children living in single parent families due to divorce are less likely to have the same economic resources as children living in intact families. Most single-parent homes have a significantly lower income than a two-parent home. Many divorced families have to change residence which often means a change of schools, the building of new relationships, and a change in lifestyle. Although a key factor, it is important to remember that a lower income cannot possibly account for all aspects affecting the well-being of children. Increased life stress: Divorce often has a domino

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