Premarital pregnancies, living together before marriage, marrying at an early age, financial problems, and poor communications are some of the many reasons why marriages are ending so rapidly. These numbers are not just seen today, rates of divorce were increasing as early as the late 1800s to the late 1960s. However, it was not until the 1980's and the 1990's that divorce rates started to skyrocket. The focus of this study is to show how the divorce process affects the well being of the child in all social aspects. This includes the relationship disturbances that are seen between parents and their children, how socially different their life becomes when divorce is present, and overall the future impact these children have on our society.
Throughout the years, situations have evolved, and many issues have become more common. One of the many things that seems to have become more common in society is divorce. Although divorce is common in today’s society, it is not always accepted or looked at in a positive way, and because of the way society looks at divorce, there have been many effects. Divorce in any family can affect the children and parents in different ways, which can be caused by many factors, and causes families to cope in different ways. The causes of divorce can vary, and in turn these causes are dealt with in different ways.
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The divorce rate in the United States is somewhere between 50 percent and a startling 67 percent. (KSL News) One contributing factor the growing epidemic of divorce is the parting of different family members or the breakup of the family unit, as well as effect it may have upon the children or the other spouse. When the family is broken up it can lead to divorce and ultimately many negative implications. It may have effect on the mental stability as well as create even more conflict and tension between others. Research evidence has shown that marital distress and conflict within a marriage causes a wide range of negative effects on the children of the feuding spouses.
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Is it the modernized way of thinking, not finding the ones true love, or is it just the simple fact of “I don’t want to be with you anymore?” Does the problem of divorce go deeper than what appears on the surface? Today in the United States 40 to 50% of marriages fail(Doherty 1). The number of Americans getting a divorce has almost tripled in the past 3 years, so what’s the problem? More importantly what problems can this issue create? Through multiple trial and error research examinations, researchers concluded that parental divorce is associated with multiple problems for youth that extend well into adulthood, and has long lasting effects on their ability to sustain future relationships.
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There are a few cases where the children want the divorce to happen. However it is usual, because there are intense conflicts between the parents (Emery). Divorce clearly increases the chance of those children suffering from psychological and behavioral problems. Parent- child relationships develop strains, that lead to losing contact with the one parent who seems to leave and it creates economic hardships (Emery). There was a study to see which parent had full custody of the children.