Many people in Georgia put off divorce because they are worried about the effect it will have on their children. The truth is that divorce does affect children--whether they are young or whether they are all grown up. However, being sensitive to children's emotions and offering them the support they need is often the key to parenting well during divorce. Unfortunately, many parents are engulfed by the stress and trauma of divorce themselves, and their children's needs wind up on the back burner.
For many couples who consider divorce, one of the first things on their minds is how it will impact their children. For decades, family therapists and a variety of other experts believed that divorce inevitably harmed children.
Divorce can be stressful for children as their lives begin to dramatically change from what they were before their parents decided to separate. The holidays can be an exceptionally difficult time because they are often focused around family traditions and rituals. When one parent is suddenly missing from the festivities, it can be an emotional time for children of divorce.
People generally get married with the intention that they will stay together forever. They plan to find the perfect home in the perfect Georgia neighborhood, fill it with laughing children and live happily ever after. Real life is not a perfectly scripted fairytale and often things happen, people change and many marriages end in divorce for one reason or another. It can be a stressful time full of confusing emotions and instability.
Whether or not you believe that divorce laws have made the process simpler or that it has become more socially acceptable, the fact is that divorce rates have increased in the past fifty years. As the divorce rates increase, so do the number of children who experience their parent's divorce.