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Signs your children are struggling through your divorce

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2023 | Family Law

Divorce is not just a separation between two people; it often marks the separation of a family. As parents navigate the tumultuous waters of ending a marriage, children can often find themselves caught in the emotional undertow.

A study conducted by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies shows that children from divorced families have a 16% higher risk of behavior problems. The impact of a divorce can have lasting effects on children, and it is important for parents to recognize signs of their struggle.

Changes in academic performance

One of the first noticeable signs is a change in your child’s academic performance. If they previously excelled in school and their grades suddenly drop or if teachers raise concerns about their behavior or participation, it might indicate that they are struggling to cope with the divorce.

Withdrawal from social activities

Children who are usually outgoing and engaged in various activities might begin to withdraw from them. They might lose interest in hobbies, sports or socializing with friends. This change can be an indicator of their emotional turmoil.

Alterations in behavior and mood

You might notice sudden mood swings, increased irritability or more frequent emotional outbursts. Children may also revert to earlier behaviors, such as bedwetting or thumb-sucking, as a way to seek comfort during unsettling times.

Changes in sleeping and eating habits

A shift in regular routines, such as trouble sleeping or changes in appetite, can be indicative of stress or anxiety. They might eat too much or too little, have nightmares or face difficulty in falling asleep.

Excessive questioning or silence about the divorce

Children might repeatedly ask questions about the divorce, trying to make sense of what is happening. On the flip side, complete silence and avoidance of the topic can also be a sign they are having a hard time processing the situation.

A divorce can be challenging for children to understand and accept. By staying vigilant and observing changes in their behavior, parents can better support their children and help them navigate this difficult transition. Always prioritize your child’s well-being, ensuring they have the resources and support they need during this time.