Science Says: Most Kids of Divorced Parents Turn Out Just Fine

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyDivorced parents and their children often get a bad rap. We’ve all heard the myths about how divorce “messes up” kids and hurts their chances to be healthy, normal adults. We say myth because while none of these statements have ever been quantified, recent studies are beginning to prove just the opposite.

A recent study that was showcased in the Journal of Psychology tracked children whose parents were separated or divorced over the years. Their findings refuted common misconceptions by finding that over 80% of children from households with separated parents experienced absolutely no long-term adverse or negative effects. In other words, the vast majority of people are not in fact “ruined” by a divorce.

Quality Relationships with Both Parents Makes All the Difference

With that said, the studies have emphasized one key point: most healthy, happy children enjoyed quality, meaningful relationships with each parent if they were separated. Those who had bad, hostile, or even non-existent relationships with either parent suffered more and did experience more problems in general. This is why, after a divorce is finalized, parents should always strive to ensure that they remain a constant and reliable presence in their child’s life. Fortunately, the family law courts in CA have operated with this assumption in mind for a long time, which is why the system favors arrangements where a child isn’t deprived of access to either parent.

Learn More About What Our Family Law Attorneys Can Do For You

These are certainly encouraging findings for divorced parents and their children across the nation. As always however, the key to a prosperous future is a solid divorce agreement that takes everyone’s needs into account.

Never proceed with any family law matters until you’ve had a chance to speak with a qualified legal professional. Call the Law Office of James P. White today to schedule your free initial consultation, where can begin to discuss your and your loved ones’ legal needs.