The Effects of Divorce on Children Essay

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Divorce is becoming a worldwide phenomenon, significantly affecting children’s well-being. It radically changes their future causing detrimental effects. According to (Julio Cáceres-Delpiano and Eugenio Giolito, 2008) nearly 50% of marriages end with divorce. 90% of children who lived in the USA in the 1960s stayed with their own biological parents, whereas today it makes up only 40% (Hetherington, E. Mavis, and Margaret Stanley-Hagan, 1999). Such an unfavorable problem has been increasing, because in 1969, the legislation of California State changed the divorce laws, where spouses could leave without providing causes (Child Study Center, 2001). This resolution was accepted by the other states and later, the number of divorced people has…show more content…
The main change of that law, which has contributed to immense (tremendous, massive) variations, was that one spouse had the right to ask for a divorce without the agreement of the other spouse. (?passive) It was called as “Unilateral divorce”. Another adjustment (? passive) was performed in assets and partitioning of property on the chance of divorce. Until 1970s in case of divorce the properties between spouses (?passive) were divided unequally. However, after 1970s it (?passive) was decided to split up the estate equally. Statistics show that the divorce rate in the US is the highest compared to other countries of the world (Ellington C, 2003). Moreover, every year almost 1 million children become members of single-parent family (Ellington C, 2003). Unilateral divorce negatively affects their well-being in the future. It clearly shows that children from divorced family have lower attainments compared with children from intact families (Ellington C, 2003). In addition, Sampson (1996) states that cessation of family leads to a high proportion of looting and murder, particularly among minors.

Children’s reactions
After separation of parents, children face substantial changes in their life. Children of different ages react in various (?) ways. For toddlers and infants, it is important to feel safety and love from parents. Though toddlers are not able to express their opinions, they can sense changes in a family

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