Emotional Effects of Divorce on Children

Most parents worry about the emotional effects of divorce on children. They may be worried enough to decide divorce is not “the right thing to do” and try to save their marriage. They may recognize that divorce is inevitable but be plagued with concern about how it is affecting their children.

parents-emotional-childIt is important, then, that parents have a clear idea of what exactly the psychological effects of divorce on their children may be. They can then make a sound decision about divorce and work throughout divorce to minimize or avoid them altogether.
Before looking at the emotional effects of divorce on children, remember:

  • They are potential effects
  • Some apply to certain age groups more than others.
  • The likelihood and extent of these emotional effects depends on a number of factors, almost all of which are within your control.

So what are the emotional effects of divorce on children? Children may experience a wide range of emotions, some of which may be new and therefore doubly distressing.

Please go to Part Two … Emotions Experienced by Children of Divorce

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