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How does a divorce impact your child's mental health?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 827,261 couples got divorced in the United States in 2016. This means that many children shifted from living in a two-parent household to learning how to split their time between two homes. Many of these kids have likely begun learning other lessons too that only those who've had to go through a divorce can truly understand.

Shifting custody back and forth between parents during a week or for extended periods of times during holidays or school breaks has been shown to have an adverse impact on their brain development. The researchers working on The Telegraph study say that interruptions in sleep cause them to never really be able to get settled into a comfortable pattern one place or another.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), children who watch their parents go through a divorce tend to be more vulnerable to developing psychological or social problems as they age too. While some parents may think that they'll grow out of them, their research shows that they must be treated for their symptoms before they can begin to heal.

A Science Direct study shows that children with divorced parents often end up having difficulties connecting with others. They note that parents can help avoid this by inviting other kids into their homes and by encouraging them to get involved in extracurricular activities that require them to socialize with others.

The older a child is, the more likely that they are to allow their parents' divorce to weigh on their minds according to Tandfonline. NCBI data also shows that adolescents who have divorced parents tend to experiment with drugs 11 percent sooner than their counterparts with married ones.

While researchers have uncovered many ways that a divorce can impact children on an emotional and behavioral level, what the data doesn't mention is how these can impact their physical health as well. If you're looking to minimize the impact your divorce has on your son or daughter, then a Colorado Springs child custody attorney can equip you with the tools necessary to achieve just that.

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