Children and Divorce Overview

Presently the divorce rate is increasing at an astounding rate, and close to 50% of children and adolescents are growing up in a single parent environment. Children need their parents in order for them to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. If the bond between the parent and the child is broken, negative consequences can be a result and can be traumatic for a child.

The games that are played between parents after the divorce can be overcome by the parents, but for the children issues like self-esteem and self-identity can be lost. Parents need to be a part of their children's lives. Divorce affects children in their school environment, their peers' environment, and their family structure. The family structure takes on a new definition, differing greatly from the traditional family structure. Many of the divorces are highly emotional and can draw children into conflict. Conflict weighs greatly on how the family functions as a unit. It is also apparent that children feel they are to blame for the separation. Children will go to great extents in order to gain back their normal family lifestyles.

The sad fact is that when people get divorced the separation between parent and child is inevitable, and how children react to this departure is probably one of the most important facets a parent is faced with. How children react is not seen on a day to day basis, it is seen throughout a lifetime. So, it is important for parents to keep close observations on how their children are coping and adjusting to the divorce.

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