Deciding to get a divorce in Alabama is usually a difficult decision no matter how long a couple has been married. It is also typically challenging for parents who have to address matters related to child custody as part of their divorce proceeding. However, in addition to impacting the parents, the divorce process can have a particularly massive impact on the children.
Over the past several years, researchers have tried to gain a better understanding of how a marital split-up affects children. According to a new study, the actual divorce process actually does not harm children's health. Rather, it is how parents handle their divorce that affects the children's well-being.
In the recent study, researchers looked at over 400 children from 2 years old to 18 years old. They found that children with separated parents were two times more likely to suffer many health problems. These issues include neurological issues, skin conditions and stomach problems. Psychological stress was found to be the major factor contributing to these conditions' development.
Unfortunately, a divorce proceeding involving child custody can naturally be stressful to navigate. However, if the parents are able to come up with a parenting plan that puts their children first and considers each other's needs, this may help to make the process less stressful for the family. An attorney can help with putting together such a plan and addressing other matters of contention during an Alabama divorce proceeding, such as the division of property and even spousal support, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.
Source: romper.com, "Divorce Isn't What Harms Kids' Health, Study Finds, But How Parents Handle It Is", Abby Norman, May 25, 2017