Divorce is now a fact of life for almost one out of every two children in the United States. Research shows that few children survive their parents' divorce without exhibiting some sort of symptom - symptoms ranging all the way from difficulty in school and trouble with peers, to depression and running away from home. With some children, the emotional scars from parental divorce can last a lifetime, and unresolved issues can affect their adult relationships. Even if your family lives in a community with a high incidence
of divorce, when it suddenly happens to your child, it signifies the frightening collapse of a structure that has provided support and protection. Even when there has been a tremendous amount of parental fighting, a child will say, "I'd rather have my parents together." Divorce causes a child's world to be less predictable, less reliable, and less likely to provide for his or her needs.
So what can divorced or separated parents do to help their children get through this unfortunate life transition more easily?