What Happerned to Forever? The Consequences of Divorce in Modern Society

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Most couples get married in hopes of their marriage lasting forever. Many couples recite vows to each other during the wedding ceremony in which they vow to love each other “in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, until death do them part.” Unfortunately, statistics show that as many as 50% of couples seek to end their marriage through the process of divorce (“Children and Divorce”). Once a divorce has occurred, there can be negative consequences for the couple, any children that are involved, and society as a whole. No one gets married with the expectation that it will end in divorce and this leaves those involved wondering what happened to forever. Divorce is the legal termination of marriage between two people. There are many …show more content…

For couples that have children, there are negative consequences that directly impact their children and their success. Children tend to have feelings of anger, sadness, and anxiety while exhibiting behaviors such as changes in school performance, peer relationships, restlessness, and moodiness. In rare cases, some children have reacted with extreme behaviors such as substance abuse and suicide (Lebowitz 697). Children process events in their lives differently than the way adults process those same events. A child may feel angry when they find out that their parents are divorcing and they are unsure of what that will mean for their lives. The child likely has concerns over whether or not they will have to attend a new school, move to a new home, or experience changes in their parent’s financial resources (Lebowitz 697). Sadness is another normal felling that a child of divorce experiences. A child feels the loss of a parent as they have to have primary residence with one parent and hopefully secondary residence with the other parent. Sometimes, during the process of divorce a child loses contact with one parent all together. Anxiety is another feeling that is common for children to feel as their parents get divorced. Their anxiety is usually due to worrying about themselves, their parents, and their siblings (Lebowitz 697). Many of

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