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Statistics: Children & Divorce

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Marriages that end in divorce are prevalent in the United States, as 40% of all American marriages will end in a divorce at some point. While divorce significantly impacts the two spouses, it also impacts their children’s lives. At Owenby Law Firm, we want our divorce clients to make an informed decision about what’s best for them and their families. For this reason, we gathered these insightful statistics concerning children and divorce.

Children & Divorce Statistics

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  • 50% of all children in the United States will witness the end of a parent’s marriage.
  • An additional 50% of the children who witness a parent’s divorce will also see the breakup of a parent’s second marriage.
  • Twins and triplets are 17% more likely to witness a divorce than children born without multiples.
  • A daughter is nearly 5% more likely than a son to see a parent’s divorce.
  • Spouses with three daughters are 10% more likely to get a divorce than spouses with three sons.
  • Children born out of wedlock are 24% more likely to see their parents’ divorce.
  • Children of divorce are 50% more likely to marry another child of divorce.
  • Children of divorce are 35% more likely to have a divorce of their own.
  • 90% of divorced mothers have custody of their children.
  • 79% of custodial mothers receive child support.
  • Under 30% of custodial fathers receive child support.

Physical Effects

  • Children of divorce are more likely to experience physical hardship (injury, asthma, headaches, speech impediments, etc.) than children whose parents remain married.
  • Children of divorce are 50% more likely to develop health problems.
  • Children of divorce are 20% less physically healthy.

Emotional Effects

  • Children of multiple divorces are considered “less pleasant” to be around by their peers.
  • Teens in single-parent and blended families are 300% more likely to need psychological help.
  • Children of divorce are more likely to develop psychological problems when compared to children who lose a parent to death.
  • Children from broken homes are almost twice as likely to attempt suicide.

Educational Effects

  • Children of multiple divorces receive lower grades than their peers.
  • Children of divorce are twice as likely to drop out of high school.

Need an Understanding & Caring Team?

Clearly, divorce can be difficult for children; however, these are only statistics and don’t have to be you and your family’s divorce scenario. We truly believe hiring the right representation can have a significant impact on your divorce proceedings. Owenby Law Firm prides itself in not just investing in your case but investing in your family’s future. When you’re ready, feel free to give us a call at the number below.

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