In a survey, researchers found that about 50% of children in the U.S. would be the witness to their parents’ divorce. Sadly, despite the dip in the number of divorcing couples across the country recently, there are still thousands of couples who separate each year.
Here’s how divorce and separation affect children. If you’re going through this process and are in the talks with your family law attorney in Denver, then better keep these in mind:
Academics and Social Skills
Studies show that children who experienced multiple divorces scored lower grades in school compared to their peers. In fact, many of the other kids — who have not experienced divorce — felt that those children are “less pleasant” to be around. They treat children from broken families as though they have a disease.
Another study has shown that children who were products of divorce are two times more likely to attempt suicide later in life compared to their peers. When it comes to short-term effects, children who have seen the separation of their parents in a bad light start to show “hermit-like” behavior and become depressed. This is when they start blaming themselves for what’s happening.
While it’s a case-to-case basis, researchers noted that children who come from broken families sometimes tend to achieve less academically, more likely to become poor, have antisocial behavior, and can suffer from substance abuse problems. Others could also get married (or become pregnant) earlier compared to their peers.
If you think that you’re the most affected person in the divorce, think again. If you have children, they’re the most affected ones and they can suffer life-long consequences. Keep these in mind if you’re going through a rough patch in your marriage.