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Socio-economic factors may impact how kids relate to divorce

Texas child development experts, academic researchers and family law attorneys alike are continually in search of information regarding how children are impacted by different life events and stages. Understanding how kids relate to major changes like divorce is an important aspect of improving the way many family law issues are addressed. Now, new research findings are shedding a little light on the role that socio-economic conditions play in how children react to divorce.

Two major universities collaborated on a recent study that involved around 4,000 children from across the country. The study participants, who were included in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, were divided into three separate income categories, and reviewed for how they were impacted by changes to their families. While researchers came to several interesting conclusions during the course of conducting the survey, and were left with questions as well, they determined that children in the lower income families experienced fewer behavior problems in response to their parents’ divorce than those in higher income families.

The study, which recently appeared in the Child Development magazine, also found that children between the ages of three and five experienced the most behavioral issues over divorce. Beyond that, transitioning into stepfamilies seemed to be most beneficial to children in wealthier families.

Researchers could not definitively confirm the role that family income plays in children’s coping abilities, but they did consider the potential impact of divorce-related lifestyle changes on kids. Given that children can be especially vulnerable to emotional difficulties during divorce, it’s important to account for their best interests throughout the entire process. An experienced attorney can help clients make arrangements that meet the needs of their kids.

Source: Time, “Wealthy Kids Are More Affected By Divorce Than Poor Kids,” Belinda Luscombe, Sep. 10, 2014

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