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Divorce and its impact on children

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2023 | Divorce |

The divorce process can have a variety of effects on children. In many cases, California siblings can react to their parents’ divorce in significantly different ways. Parents should be aware of this and be prepared to support their children through the process.

The emotional impact can vary

Just like adults, children can experience a variety of emotions during the divorce process. One day, a child might seem accepting of the divorce, but the next day, the child might be feeling very differently. As children experience these emotions, parents should provide outlets for the children to speak and be listened to, so they can learn to cope with their emotions. These emotions can include:

  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Confusion
  • Grief
  • Anxiety

Children can experience physical impacts as well

The divorce process is a stressful situation, and this can take a toll on the children’s bodies as well as their emotions. Children going through their parents’ divorce can seem to be at higher risk for health issues. They struggle to sleep and sometimes also struggle with depression, furthering the deterioration of their health.

School performance can struggle

Another impact of a divorce is related to the children’s academic performance. As children become distracted by the dissolution of their parents’ marriage and by any conflicts they witness, they might start to suffer academically, earning lower grades.

Children can struggle socially

Divorce can also cause some children to distance themselves from friends and acquaintances. They might lose interest in their extracurricular activities. Some children might become insecure and fearful of what the future holds, distancing them even further from potential support networks.

The impact of divorce on children can be perceived immediately. However, some other effects might come later on, even in adulthood, where children of divorce might struggle in their own relationships. They might also make questionable decisions regarding alcohol and drug use.