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How does divorce affect kids?

Marriages don’t always work out as planned, and divorcing couples in Tennessee may have many hurdles to face. Parents who divorce might be concerned about how the process may affect their kids.

Every couple’s situation is unique, and divorce does not affect all kids equally. For example, splitting up may affect the education of wealthier kids in different ways than it would for families who are already struggling. Divorce may have a negative impact on the academic livelihood of kids who never expected their parents to divorce.

Although each family has different dynamics, here are a few ways divorce may impact kids from all walks of life.

Loss of interest in social activities

Kids whose parents are going through a divorce may have a harder time relating to others. They may deal with negative feelings that make them more insecure, such as:

  • Shame
  • Anger
  • Isolation
  • Depression

Difficulty adapting to change

During divorce, a child may have to learn to adapt to change more often. Dealing with new family dynamics, a new living situation or attending a new school may all have an effect.

An increase in health issues

Divorce can be stressful for everyone, but it can be especially hard for kids. Dealing with difficult changes can take its toll, resulting in an increase in health issues. Children who are going through a divorce may have a higher risk of physical problems.

Guilty feelings

Many kids wonder why divorce is happening in their family. They may feel that the divorce was their fault or that they did something wrong to cause the split. Guilty feelings can eventually lead to depression, withdrawal, stress and other negative psychological problems.

If you’re going through a divorce, you may not be able to shield your child from every negative feeling. You can do your part to make the process as stress-free as possible, however. Even in the midst of such major change, look for ways to show your child that the love you and your ex share for them will never change.


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