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Adult Children of Divorce Still Need SympathyFor parents who are considering divorce, there are practical benefits to waiting until their children are adults before ending their marriage. Without legal dependents, the divorcing couple will not need to establish child support payments or the allocation of parental responsibilities. As adults, the children are thought to be more mature and capable of accepting their parents' divorce. However, people of all ages can struggle with the news that their parents are divorcing. Adult children of divorce may feel emotionally and financially vulnerable. Yet, their feelings may be treated with less care because they are supposed to be more mature and independent.

Emotional Impact

Parents who are getting divorced should not assume that their adult children will accept their decision with calmness and understanding. Part of the difficulty of telling younger children about divorce is explaining the concept and what it means for them. Adult children know what divorce means, but that knowledge may not ease their emotions. Many negative thoughts can plague them, such as:

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyWhen a couple with children divorces, they often wonder about how their divorce will affect their children in the future. Some of these individuals have parents who divorced when they were children and continue to feel the effects of the divorce today. Others worry that divorcing will lead their children down a path of instability and might consider staying together until the children are grown. Current research supports that this is not the healthiest option for most families and that remaining in an unhappy marriage can be worse for parents and children than divorcing.

How an individual is affected by his or her parents' divorce can depend on a lot of factors, such as:

  • His or her age when the divorce occurred; 
  • The reason for the divorce;       
  • His or her personality; and        
  • How his or her parents interacted with each other and the individual after the divorce.    

Having Divorced Parents Makes an Individual More Likely to Divorce

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