Divorce in the United States is at an all time high at about41% of all first marriages end in divorce. Divorce in a marriage with childrencan have detrimental effects on the children. For example, children whoseparents are divorced are often victims of abuse which can lead to exhibitionsof health, behavior, and emotional issues. The presence of a new step-parentoften times leads to abuse of the children.
Neglect often times is the outcomeof divorces as well. This can lead to suicide, drug, and alcohol addictions athigher rates than other children. Divorce can also affect a children’sdevelopment in school as well. These children are found to perform poorly inreading, spelling, math, and other subjects. Due to this, many children withdivorced parents often repeat grades or simply dropout of school all-together.
Divorce also influences financial stability of the children as well. Childrennot already poor see large drops in total income for the family. This can takeaway opportunities to higher education, better quality of life, and betterliving situations. Also, one parent is often times having to pay larger sums ofmoney to help the other parent raise the children.
Rather than two parents workingfor their children and each other, one parent can often be working for the children,the other parent, and the other parent’s new partner.The need for financialstability usually is the first step into the long list of issues children ofdivorced parents are forced to take. The FederalReserve Board’s survey found that only around 40% of children between 14-18live in houses where the parents have not divorced. This can lead to immenseeffects on a nation as well. For instance, the government has built funds,programs, and made budgets to combat the divorce rate among families.
Thegovernment has tried to establish the importance of marriage by making itintegral part of certain policies and programs by the government. The governmentknows how devastating divorce can be to communities, cities, states, and even thenation. Congress should set a goal of some kind to reduce divorce by a certain percentageby a certain date. This immediately makes the issue a top priority which can leadto channeling effort into prevention.