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What Does Science Tell Us About Divorce’s Effect On Children?

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It is understandable to be concerned about your child’s well-being during your divorce process. It is an emotional and stressful time for everyone involved, especially for children. 

To them, it can seem like their whole world is being torn apart. Scientific studies have examined the effect of divorce on children, with interesting results:

Adjustment to Divorce

One study showed children often have negative reactions after divorce, such as anger, shock, disbelief, and anxiety. Yet by two years after a divorce's conclusion, the majority of those feelings disappear altogether or diminish significantly. 

A separate study tried to identify differences in children with divorced parents and married parents, by analyzing academic achievement, behavioral problems, emotional issues, delinquency, and personal relationships. The study began during childhood and continued into their teenage years, and concluded there was little difference in the various components between children with divorced or married parents.

Both of these studies suggest children are surprisingly resilient when it comes to divorce and their emotional state. Most children will have a hard time at first, but will soon bounce back and adjust to their new lives. 

Divorce's Effect On Adults

A 25-year study following children of both divorced and married parents found divorce had some emotional, psychological, and social impact for those children in adulthood. The study found 25 percent of those with divorced parents had serious related issues, but only 10 percent of those with parents who stayed together experienced similar problems. 

It is possible these differences were not solely because of the divorce, due to the variety of factors that may impact a child’s upbringing. The study did find, however, that the majority of children with divorced parents still do not have the types of serious problems researchers looked for in the study. 

Contact an Experienced DuPage County Family Law Lawyer

In general, studies indicate divorce has an effect on some children’s development and later life. It is important to remember that while your child will be affected in some way, long-term issues relating to divorce are not inevitable.

If you need help with your divorce case or obtaining custody of your children, contact the Wheaton family law attorneys at Anderson and Associates, P.C., who can provide the legal help you need and make sure your interests are properly represented. Call 630-653-9400 for a free consultation. 



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