You Can Help
Your Children Through Divorce
50% of all first marriages will end in divorce. In contentious divorces
the children often suffer the most. Even when divorcing parents try and
cooperate, there may be short- and long- term effects from divorces.
However, there are ways to protect your child and provide them with a
Recognize any of the
following statements? These statements are potentially harmful to your
child’s mental health.
doesn’t love you, she/he is only interested in her/his new family.
doesn’t want to pay for your food, clothing, etc.
doesn’t want to see you, they just want to give me a hard
You're just a
burden to your Mom/Dad — only I love you.
thinks I’m a money machine.
Your Mom/Dad never
wanted you in the first place.
for Early Signs of a Problem
If your child is
having a problem, early identification and treatment of the condition
can help prevent your child from having residual difficulties in
adulthood. Children often suffer in silence. Sometimes you can only get
a sense of what is happening to them by changes in behavior.
Refusal of the
child to go with the other parent.
at home or school.
Recent studies have
shown that contentious divorces can have long-term effects on children
lasting into adulthood. Some of these conditions include:
Mistrust of the
establish meaningful relationships