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Divorce Rates in the U.S. 50%
Divorce Rates in the United States
41% of first marriages end in divorce
60% of second marriages
73% of third marriages
Alabama’s divorce rate is one third higher
than the U.S. average. It is the sixth
highest in the nation.
Reasons People Divorce
Incompatibility of personality
Drugs or Alcoholism
Grounds for Divorce
Desertion for more than one year or separation
for more than three years.
Failure to provide the necessities of life.
Conviction of a felony.
Mental or physical cruelty.
Permanent incurable insanity.
Effects of Divorce on Age of
Preschoolers: Fear of abandonment, sleep
Young Childhood: Fear of being displaced, grief,
school difficulties, fear for well being of absent
Older Children: Acting out, fight with parent,
spying for the other parent.
Adolescent: Fear of own relationship failure,
independence, promiscuous-type behavior could
Children and Divorce
Who deals better? Younger or older? Boy
Do children feel anger, guilt, blame?
Are there things parents should not
discuss about the divorce with their
Impact on Children
Six Tasks for Children
Acknowledge parental separation.
Disengage from parents conflict.
Resolution to loss of familiar parental
relationships and routines.
Resolution of anger and self-blame.
Accepting finality of divorce.
Achieving realistic expectations for later