Here’s how getting a divorce can affect your children.
They Can Be Emotionally UnstableDivorce is a hard time for everyone, including children. The thing is, most people who go through divorce are old enough to understand it was a necessary decision. When it comes to children though, especially adolescents, they don’t see it the way others do. Watching their parents fight constantly and then seeing one of them leave for good can cause emotional trauma.
Children can become more irate, develop anxiety, become prone to emotional breakdowns, and feel overwhelmed. Compared to adults, children aren’t always able to keep their emotions in check. As a parent, it’s your duty to be their confidant. Divorce is a time where your child will need someone the most.
They May Feel Guilty Over the DivorceOne thing that may surprise you is that children can feel guilty over the divorce. What’s even more surprising is how common this is. In many cases, children don’t understand the reasons for the divorce. Some children assume that it’s because of something that they did.
While guilt is incredibly common, it’s also the catalyst for many other issues. Typically, children will feel depression, overwhelming stress, and even suicidal thoughts. If you notice your child feeling suicidal, contact a mental health professional immediately to get help.
They May Partake in Dangerous Behaviors
Children, namely adolescents, may also partake in dangerous behaviors. The stress they feel due to the divorce can drive them to do anything to alleviate it. This can include drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or doing drugs. This is why you need to sit your child down and explain everything to them. While it won’t instantly alleviate their stress, it can minimize the risk of them doing something that would harm them.
Deciding to get a divorce is never easy. However, knowing when to part ways is always better than staying in an unhappy marriage. If you need legal assistance, contact the Law Offices of Christopher L. Hoglin, P.C. for a private consultation. We’re here when you need us.
Call our Pasadena child custody lawyer today at (626) 653-4075 to set up a consultation regarding your case.