Too many times people think that divorce doesn’t have much of an impact on teens and young adults. “The Effect of Divorce on Teens and Young Adults” from The Independent contradicts that notion.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Ten years ago, if anyone had told me they were postponing divorce “till the children are older” I’d have thought their words made perfect sense. Back then, my children were one, five, eight and 10. I wouldn’t have been able to imagine the effect on them of hearing that their father and I were splitting up. Whose house would they live in? How would they cope without bedtime cuddles from both of us? What would weekends and holidays be like for them without the two of us around? So much better to postpone it, I’d have mused: by the time they were older and living their own lives, they’d hardly even notice the break-up.
Today, though, my elder daughters are almost 21 and 18 – and I now realise that, however hard it would have been for them to cope with a family split when they were younger, it would, if anything, be worse for them to have to face it now. And if I already knew that somewhere deep inside the fallout on the son of Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce from their break-up, as tragically documented during last week’s court case, only underlines the issues.