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How can divorce affect children?

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2024 | Child Custody |

Going through a divorce is a major change for everyone involved. For example, children of divorcing parents face many changes and challenges as their family circumstances evolve.

Parents must understand some of the possible effects divorce has on children. This may give them the opportunity to address potential issues before they become too serious.

Emotional and psychological effects

Children of divorcing parents often experience a whirlwind of emotions, including anxiety, sadness, anger and confusion. This can manifest in various ways, such as increased irritability, aggression or withdrawal from social interactions. Academic performance may decline as children grapple with changing family dynamics, leading to difficulties concentrating and a lack of interest in schoolwork.

Adjusting to new routines

Divorce often significantly changes children’s living arrangements and their routines. They may have to adjust to living in two homes, navigating the complexities of split custody and experiencing disruptions to their routines. These changes can further contribute to feelings of instability and insecurity.

Long-term considerations

While the immediate aftermath of a divorce can be tumultuous, the long-term effects on children vary widely. Some children adapt and eventually thrive in their new family structures, especially if parents maintain a cooperative and supportive co-parenting relationship. However, others may carry the scars of the experience into adulthood, potentially affecting their own relationships and views on marriage.

The importance of support systems

The role of extended family, friends and professionals like counselors or therapists can be invaluable in helping children navigate the emotional landscape of a divorce. Schools can also provide a supportive environment, so informing teachers and school counselors about the family situation can help them better support the child.

A solid parenting plan can provide the foundation for parents to work together for their children. Legal assistance is often beneficial to ensure all necessary concerns are covered in the plan so that children can avoid suffering unnecessarily.