Divorce has been considered particularly disruptive for children due to the fact that it occurs during childhood. While adults may have faced several losses and disappointments in life, for many children, the divorce of their parents is their first life crisis.
It is one of the most stressful events in the lives of children affected, with repercussions that are ongoing throughout the lives of these children.
Some children see divorce as a personal tragedy while others see it as an escape from parental stress and conflict. Children commonly experience fear, sadness, anger, guilt, loneliness, rejection, regression, academic problems, physical conditions, as well as sleeping and eating problems in response to parental divorce. Children report a sense of helplessness due to the lack of control and limited input they have regarding divorce-related decisions.