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Regardless of age race sex or religion divorce has devastating often long-term consequences The immediate effects of divorce such as hurt anger and confusion are evident in both children and adults The longer-term effects are not so easy to pin pointAdults are usually able to articulate their emotions and verbalize their distress anger pain and confusion to help themselves through this period of transition in their lives As well adults have the means and ability to seek outside professional assistance independently Children on the other hand are not as likely to have the ability to identify the source or kind of turmoil they are experiencing Therefore it is difficult for us as adults to be fully aware of the consequences of divorce on our children Teyder 24It is estimated that nearly one half of children born today will spend time in a single parent household Darnell 11 Although some of these children are born into single parent families many more are the product of divorce and they are forced to endure the conflict and emotional upset that divorce brings about At this time when children require stability and emotional support the pressures of growing up are compounded by the stress of divorce and family breakdownWhen divorce involves children many questions must be answered Questions such as With whom will the children live How often will the non-custodial parent have access and under what circumstances Although simple to ask these questions are never easy to answer and children frequently become pawns in a game of revenge Today mothers make up the majority of parents who are awarded custody with fathers making up only 13 However this was not always the case Before the 19th century fathers under English common law followed in North America received automatic custody of the children when the marriage dissolved During the 19th century gradual change occurred Mothers were first given custody of young children and eventually of other children as well
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