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Texas divorce hardest on young children

Friday, September 22, 2017

While it can be problematic to "stay together for the kids", a new study is suggesting that divorce can have a challenging effect on young children. Those facing a Texas divorce should be aware that young children may feel the effects of a divorce more keenly than older kids, as evidenced by a recent study conducted by a prominent medical journal. Thankfully, the effects do not appear to be long-lasting.

According to the study, which polled several thousand Americans, the critical bonding time experienced by children in the first years of life can be disrupted by a divorce proceeding, leading to adverse effects later. Those polled reported they felt additional anxiety and resentment in dealing with parental figures if their parents were divorced during that key time. This can even be true of children who were too young to remember the specifics of the divorce.

Thankfully, however, it appears the long-term effects do not necessarily spill over into other aspects of the child's life. While relations between the parent and child can be strained, especially the parent who ended up spending less time with the child as a result of custody arrangements, it does not appear that the child's later adult relationships are deeply affected by a divorce in early life. Of course, none of these findings can be guaranteed to be causal, according to the study team.

Texas divorce is difficult on everyone involved, and it stands to reason that a young child lacking the cognitive function necessary to understand what is happening would be affected more than most. However, it is a truism that parents want what is best for their children. Therefore it is most advantageous for parents to seek a rapid and equitable solution to a divorce filing in order to allow everyone to move forward in a positive way.

Source: livescience.com, "Divorce Hits Youngest Kids Hardest," Tia Ghose, July 2, 2013