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How divorces affect children

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2020 | divorce

Divorces are a challenging time for both separating parties. However, there are times when this type of separation affects other important people, as well, namely, the couple’s children. A divorce can adversely affect children, particularly during their formative years, hence why it is a good idea to make the entire process as smooth as possible.

A child may experience issues on a mental and emotional level when his or her parents decide to divorce. It is a delicate time, and it can cause long-lasting damage if not handled properly by you and your legal team. Here are a few of the many reasons why you should aim for your divorce to be as peaceful and smooth as possible.

Academic struggles

School should be a priority for young children. These are the years when they learn many of the skills they will use for the rest of their lives, yet a divorce can distract them from their studies. Children may find themselves preoccupied with how the divorce is going, instead of concentrating on school. Their focus becomes compromised, and for good reason; seeing your parents break up in real-time is not exactly an everyday experience. Be sure to keep up with your child or children’s grades and conduct as you navigate through your spousal separation.


It can be difficult for children to understand the intricacies of a marriage; they take the union for granted. So, when it has run its course, they may resort to blaming you and/or your ex-spouse for causing it, which can lead to them resenting one or both of you. You two were the ones who broke up the family in their minds, so it is your fault that things are bad right now. No one wants their children to dislike them, so it is important to try to make them understand that, sometimes, mothers and fathers do not get along, that their lives would be better if they were no longer married and that everyone will end up much happier.