It may seem strange to list divorce as a form of child abuse, however, divorce does have a profound effect upon the children involved. The effects of divorce on parents and their children have been studied in detail for decades. Strong evidence indicates that children whose parents get divorced experience significant psychological and social difficulties.

Divorce introduces a massive change into the life of a boy or girl no matter what the age. Witnessing loss of love between parents, having parents break their marriage commitment, adjusting to going back and forth between two different households, and the daily absence of one parent while living with the other, all create a challenging new family circumstance in which to live. In the personal history of the boy or girl, parental divorce is a watershed event. Life that follows is significantly changed from how life was before.

Each year, over a million American children suffer the divorce of their parents. Divorce causes irreparable harm to all involved, but most especially to the children. Though it might be shown to benefit some individuals in some individual cases, over all it causes a temporary decrease in an individual’s quality of life and puts some “on a downward trajectory from which they might never fully recover.” (The Effects of Divorce on Children Patrick F. Fagan and Aaron Churchill January 11, 2012)

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