Divorce is the legal breakup of a marriage. It is unlike annulment which declares the marriage null and void. Divorce can be a stressful experience affecting finances, living arrangements, household jobs, schedules and more. If the family includes children, they may be deeply affected.
Divorce is a difficult time for the entire family. The changes brought on by separation and divorce can be overwhelming. But now more than ever, it’s important to take care of yourself. Tap into your support network, turning to family and friends for assistance and comfort. Formal support groups can also help you cope with the many emotions of a marriage ending.
The legal process of divorce may also involve issues of alimony (spousal support), child custody, child support, distribution of property, and division of debt. In most countries monogamy is required by law, so divorce allows each former partner to marry another; where polygyny is legal but polyandry is not, divorce allows the woman to marry a new husband.
Effects of Divorce on Children
During fights of parents to termination of the relationship and divorce including the court custody cases, children are forced to face anguishing without any fault. Effects of divorce of parents on kids are beyond comprehension but there’s a lot you can do to help children cope.
- Do learn more about how to help your child cope with divorce.
- Don’t quiz your child about the other parent or what goes on at the other parent’s house.
- Don’t confide in your children about adult concerns like disagreements with your spouse or money worries.