Divorces Have Negative Effects on Children

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Introduction In our nation divorce is a big part of life. Divorce is the legal dissolution of marriage or the termination of an existing relationship or union. Divorce starts with two adults but always ends up impacting the children in the biggest way. Sons and daughters of divorce often feel confused and abandoned, lose their family structure, and experience identity crisis. Many parents never bother to think of how divorce will affect their children. Children are impacted by divorce in multiple ways. For the most part the impact is negative. Children feel they have to choose a side to get love from a parent. They are taught to lie and to keep secrets from one parent in order to protect another parent. In a divorce, the parent that wants to fight for the marriage feels rejected by the parent that wants the divorce. This same rejection is felt by the children when the parents separate then announce they are getting a divorce. Some children go through identity crisis wondering who they are and what will become of them because they do not have the influence of both parents in the home. The loss of family structure and personal blame for the separation of their parents can affect the future of a child, the way they view themselves, the way they view the opposite sex, and the type person they choose for their husband or wife. Dealing with Divorce Divorce is not something that is easy to deal with. We understand that adults have a right to be happy and to make their own choices. The question is at what cost? If the world is made of only adults, it is doubtful that the rates of divorce and remarriage would draw much attention. However, it does draw attention it is just not enough attention to how it affects ch... ... middle of paper ... ...n.d.Web.2013 Astone, Nan M., and Sara S. McLanaham. Family Structure, Parental Practices and High School Web.1991 Child Custody: An Overview law.cornell.edu “Broken Marriage- What the Children Go Through.” Africa News Service 8 July 2013. Opposing Viewpoints in context. Web.21.Feb.2014 “Why Divorce Is Bad.” Family in Society: Essential Primary Sources. Ed.K.Lee, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, and Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 49-52. Opposing Viewpoints in Context.Web.21 Feb.2014 Bryant, Michelle. "Divorce Hurts Children." Divorce. Ed. Mike Wilson. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2009. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "The Divorce Dilemma: Sociologist Finds that Even Amicable Divorces Are Likely to Have Negative Effects on Children." The University of Texas at Austin—Feature Story. 2006. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 14 Mar. 2014.
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