Possible Side Effects of Divorce on Children

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Divorce is never easy for those who are involved. Especially when it comes to your children. Before you decide to go forward with your divorce you should take into consideration the effects of the divorce might have on your child. Talking with a divorce lawyer at Larsen Law Firm in Provo can help you in deciding whether divorce is right for your family’s situation. Listed below are some of the possible side effects divorce can have on your children.



The divorce can take a big toll on your child. If your child is younger they will not understand the reasons behind the divorce and can feel like they are the ones to blame. They are so dependent on both of you that it is hard when the other person isn’t around like they used to be. An anxious child will find it difficult to concentrate on his studies and may lose interest in activities that he once found enticing.



As mentioned above, many children falsely consider themselves the reason behind their parents’ divorce and assume the responsibility to mend the relationship. This can lead to immense stress and pressure on the young mind, which can have several repercussions like negative thoughts and nightmares.


Extreme Irritability

When children are placed in a situation that is hard on them emotionally they will tend to withdraw from the people they used to be so familiar with.  Some children will go into a withdrawal mode, where they stop talking to anyone and shut themselves away. The child will become quiet and prefer spending time alone.


Long-Term Behavioral Problems

Studies show that most children of divorce display the characteristic traits of aggression and disobedience with varying degree of intensity. Extreme cases of these conditions make the child a social misfit. This is mostly due to what they witnessed throughout the process of your divorce and the confusion and anger they feel about it.


Trouble with Future Relationships

When children grow seeing a marriage fail, they develop doubts about love and harmony in a relationship. They have trust issues and find it challenging to resolve conflicts in a relationship. You are their only example of how a marriage should work, so when yours turns for the worse they are going to doubt the romance and relationships they have in the future.


For more information on divorce and what steps you should be taking for your family, consult with one of the experienced divorce lawyers at Larsen Law Firm in Provo today. Call our office to schedule a consultation.

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