Whenever couples are united in marriage, there are two possibilities; they may continue to live together till death separates them, or they may separate in the course of their marriage. Separation of couples,…
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Furthermore, the court may decide who of the two is responsible for the custody of the children (Stewart 34).
However, regardless of the nature and type of divorce, divorce has varying impacts on children and the family unit as a whole. Children, especially young ones are left devastated by the ordeal, and this remains glued in their minds for years to come. For example, according to psychologists, young girls who are affected by divorce from an early age develop a fear for men as they grow up, and this impacts negatively on their opposite sex relationships. The same applies to young boys who are affected by divorce from an early age. In summary, effects of divorce on children are classified into psychological, emotional, social, financial and physical effects. Apart from children, other members of the family are also affected by divorce ordeals. These may be relatives of the divorcees or the divorcees themselves. As mentioned earlier, divorce has a lasting effect on people; hence, family members are affected permanently by this ordeal especially if they were attached to the divorcees. Divorce breaks family relationships and bonds (Gladden 57). This paper analyses in detail the effect that divorce has on family members and especially children. I will first discuss the effect on children, and then I will discuss the effect on the family unit as a whole.
Statistics in the US reveal that every year, approximately one million children suffer their parents’ divorce. The same statistics reveal that half of children witness their parents’ divorce before they are 18 years old. According to research by Gladden (2009), half of all American children will witness their parents’ break up and half of these will also witness the break up of the second marriage of their parents. The same research suggests that, of the children who have witnessed the break up of their parents’ marriage, one in ten will also witness the second break up of their parents.
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The whole research process took around two weeks that included visiting children, distributing and collecting questionnaires, and conducting interviews. Results of the researchers predicted that the children of divorced parents are usually less confident and face more life stresses as compared to the children of intact couples.
Even though divorce rate is growing across the world, America and European countries seem to be having higher divorce rates than other countries. This is because of the changing life styles and life philosophies taking place in these countries. Instead of marriage, many people in this part of the world are at present engaging in relationships in the form of staying together.
Divorce: Effects on Children.
Divorce, although sometimes seen as a social stigma, is widely accepted in communities of several countries. The value of marriage is not seen as high as it was in the previous decades and centuries, and its dissolution, given their own reasons, seem common among many couples.
The first part of the research paper is the discussion of divorce and its prevalence in the society. The second part is the discussion of the different effects of divorce on children which are classified into different categories and aspects. The Impact of Divorce on Children Introduction The family is the basic unit of the society thus it can greatly affect the development of every individual.
This paper discusses some forms of violence experienced by children, its effects on them and their families. One of the most common means through which children observe violence is media. Violence is shown in media in different programs and forms, ranging from dramas to action movies, and also video games.
The author insists that in most cases, when parents decide on dissolving a marriage, it is often the children who suffer the most stress, as they are the ones who are dependent on their parents for most of their needs. This includes: food, shelter and clothing as well as love and belonging needs, safety needs.
This essay discusses that divorce is challenging for everyone although is effects are variant among individuals. The effects may depend on the types of divorce which include summary divorce, uncontested divorce, collaborative divorce, and mediated divorce. Generally, divorce adversely affects finances and distorts living arrangements and household jobs.
The parties who are dissatisfied then go to court to file a divorce case. The party or parties seeking divorce may have to wait for a long time, sometimes up to two years before their wish is granted. During this