How Divorce Affects Children

How Divorce Affects Children

Many times when a couple gets a divorce there are more factors that come into play than just the divorce itself. Everything from splitting up assets to alimony is laid out on the table. But when there is a child involved, that extra element has to be handled as delicately as possible. Too many adults get caught up in their own bitterness to realize that the separation from a two-parent household to a two-parent, two separate residence household can affect a child emotionally. A divorce attorney in Miami can do everything their power to make sure the feuding is kept to a minimum in the office or in court, but at home is a different story. Here are some ways a divorce may affect a child.

Divorce can be stressful on the child. Most children want a mommy and daddy that live in the same house like a “normal” family. Unless the family was full of tension and arguing or abuse, the child doesn’t want things to change. Separating can also lead to a deterioration in parent-child relationships. If one parent decides to move, the child could lose contact with that parent. Most divorce attorneys advise both parents to try and allow the kid contact with the other parent as often as possible (provided it was not a negative situation) so they don’t feel as if they are missing out. Separating can also pose a financial hardship on one of the parents. And if that parent has the child, it could stress the child out more.

Sometimes, due to a divorce, the child may have psychological issues and behavioral problems – anger, disobedience, acting out at school. Their productivity in school can go down and suffer. Many kids suffer a spell of depression or sadness. In some cases, the child may end up becoming overly responsible for the parent with whom they live and taking care of them. It is a big burden to have as a kid.

The ramifications of a divorce can be carried with a child all the way into adulthood and potentially affect their relationships. They may develop a fear of abandonment or may be hesitant to trust someone with their feelings because they feel like they will be betrayed. It may take a while for them to find someone and completely be open with them. This is common in many adults who were the products of divorce.

Because the child may not understand everything going on at the time, and may even feel responsible for why you’re splitting up, it is important to choose a divorce attorney who is compassionate and will help make the process as painless as possible. The decision to get a divorce should not be made too impulsively, but if you do decide you absolutely must get a divorce, trust your case to the law firm who has years of experience and a reputation for excellence, effectiveness and empathy. Getting a divorce in South Florida is stressful enough, you don’t need the extra headache of finding a good attorney. S.G. Morrow and Associates, P.A. is your go-to team.

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