Divorce Essay

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Divorce among Americans is rampant. Anymore, divorces are as common as marriages themselves. Couples marry and then something goes wrong in their relationship, so they divorce. Although a divorce may be hard on the adults involved, what about the children? What happens to the kids of these broken marriages?

Some parents who are going through a divorce wonder what the effects of their divorce will be on their children. They worry that the divorce will cause their children emotional problems that will affect them for the rest of their lives. These worries are not unreasonable. Depending on the age of the child, the effects of divorce can vary.

Small children do not understand what is happening at all. They can’t comprehend why Mommy
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Most of the time they blame the mother for the separation.

These children also tend to fantasize about Mom and Dad getting back together. They believe that if they "misbehave," Mom and Dad will have to get back together in order to control their behavior.

Children in the upper grades of elementary school (9 to 12 years of age) are a little more mature than the younger children and usually understand at least some of the reasons for a divorce. These kids usually try to make the best of their situation.

These older children sometimes try to hide their feelings about the divorce from the custodial parent. They feel the need to comfort this parent because they can see this parent’s stress over the divorce. They don’t want to upset this parent by showing their feelings.

Instead of voicing their distress over the divorce, children in this age group often complain of physical problems. These children complain of frequent headaches, stomach aches, and other general aches and pains. This is probably because they need to be comforted.

The effects of divorce on teenagers is often hidden. When parents of teenagers divorce, and the responsibility of the child falls on the single parent, often the need for more attention leads the teenager in search of love and support from outside of the family. They tend to depend more on their friends and adults

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