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The Impact of Divorce on Children

How Children Process Difficult Times

Divorce is often an incredibly challenging time for everyone involved, but it can be particularly tough on children. Divorce can have a significant impact on children's development and future relationships. In this blog, we will discuss how divorce affects children and some things you can do to help them cope.

Behavioral Issues

Divorce can cause children to act out in school and at home. They may become withdrawn or aggressive. Some children believe they are responsible for their parents' divorce and think that if they had behaved better, their parents would still be together. This can lead to a feeling of low self-esteem and depression. It's important for parents to talk to their children about divorce and help them understand that it is not their fault.

Emotional Damage

Divorce can be very traumatic for children. They may feel abandoned by one parent and confused by the whole situation. This can lead to feelings of insecurity and a lack of trust in relationships. It is important to try to make the divorce process as smooth as possible for children and to help them process what is happening so that they can cope with the changes in their lives.

Physical Effects

Not only does divorce have emotional effects on children, but it can also have physical effects. Some studies have shown that children of divorced parents are more likely to suffer from health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. They are also more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking, and using drugs.

Ask Your Attorney for Guidance

While divorce can be difficult for children, it is important to remember that they are resilient and will eventually adjust to the new situation. With the right support from both parents, children can thrive after divorce. If you are preparing to file for divorce or are currently going through one, there are resources available to help you. Talk to your attorney about what you can do to protect your children during the divorce process.

At Verner Brumley Mueller Parker, we understand how hard divorce can be on children of any age. We will do whatever necessary you give your children the attention and assistance they need to get through this time.

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