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Studies prove that 50 percent of all American children will experience the divorce of their parents before reaching 18 years of age. It is also estimated that these children will also witness the breakdown of a parent’s second marriage.
Furthermore, the emotional and physical repercussions can be discouraging. On a psychological basis, studies demonstrate that children of divorce may:
With regard to physical implications, children of divorce may experience an increase in health-related problems such as a higher propensity to injuries, asthma, and headaches. Studies also reveal that children in single-parent, troubled households are subject to higher rates of physical harm or even death.
Even more startling, children of divorce find it difficult to interact with their peers, demonstrate a higher suicide rate, and have relationship problems all throughout adulthood.
With facts such alarming as these, there is still hope as the efforts of co-parenting have been strongly supported by family court divisions or parents realizing that although the marriage may have failed, the family must continue.
Case in point, a couple whose marriage had recently fallen apart decided to move forward with taking the traditional, annual photo for the benefit of their two-year-old son.
They had realized that all the bickering throughout the divorce was indeed harming the emotional well-being of their son and made the promise to keep the annual family photo shoot on the agenda.
Even as the couple admitted that they are not always in agreement, not the best of friends, and often left wondering if they even like each other, they decided to put differences aside for the health of the one thing they have in common, their son.
This story of selfishness should be a reminder to all parents entering into the divorce process, that no matter the underlying adult factors that lead you and your partner to this point, if there are children involved be the adult and ensure your children have a bright future ahead of them with both parents continuing to build strong, healthy relationships.
If you are seeking a qualified divorce attorney and one who also exhibits compassion and a true resolve to not only protect your legal rights but to safeguard the emotional and physical health of all children involved, consider contacting the experienced Hinsdale divorce attorneys of the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio. We offer a no-charge initial consultation and can be reached at 630-560-4500.