The Effects of Divorced Parents

Khayla Taylor, Staff Writer

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The divorce of two people can affect the whole family not just the spouses. Most of the time, divorce involves children…separation of parents can be devastating to most children, but all they really want to know is why… or how it happened. Divorce can produce many negative effects in the mother, father, and child. Divorce can cause parents to turn to drugs or alcohol, which can ultimately be abusive to the children involved.

According to, “Most people already know that around 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce. The number is similarly high in many other developed nations.” At least every 4 years the number of divorces that are happening increase. It also says, “ In America, there is one divorce approximately every 36 seconds. That’s nearly 2,400 divorces per day.”

According to, “Divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage by a court or other competent body.” Most specialists don’t know why children act the way they do; most of the time it’s because their parents may be divorced. According to, “Divorce introduces a massive change into the life of a boy or girl no matter 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 other, all create a challenging new family circumstance in which to live.” Being a child of divorced parents is extremely hard, because sometimes my parents don’t get along and it’s really hard trying to go back and forth between my parents, it’s like I’m living two lives. My dad is one way and my mom is another. My life is great and all, but it’s just hard having divorced parents.