Effects of Divorce on Children

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Abstract Divorce is painful and confusing for children. How a parent handles it determines a lot about how the child will be affected, both today and tomorrow. After a parents’ divorce children are the primary concern. These concerns have derived from research evidence that divorce has many costs to them. Research reveals that balanced against the benefits that might derive from the end of a parents’ conflicted marriage, children often pay the price of a significantly reduced standard of living, emotional pain, and the loss of important parenting relationships in the immediate aftermath of divorce. Research also finds that many factors cause unnecessary stressors in children’s lives post-divorce such as the frequency of their parents fights and the damage it creates in between the child and the noncustodial parent. No one will ever really know all of the effects a divorce has on children, but many researchers have found that divorce definitely affects children in all kinds of ways. The Effects of Divorce on Children Although divorce has become a common experience, the effects that divorce has on children is not common. To understand the post-divorce family you must begin with the consequences it has on family, but for many reasons America’s greatest concern is that of the children. Children are not responsible, but yet reap all of the emotional pains of a divorce. Amato and Thompson (1999) informs us that: The increased expenses and lowered living standards following divorce may create many more specific pressures for children. The family may have to move to a less expensive house or apartment; children may have to change schools; contact with friends in a neighborhood or school may be lost as a result of these changes; the residential parent may have to begin working or work longer hours; children may have to be placed in child
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