Emotional effects of dating separated parents

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You also need to be aware that the process can be time consuming and, at times, exhaustive and difficult.After all, even the most amicable divorce is still a divorce, and it's human nature to feel angry, sad and disappointed -- and sometimes, all three at the same time.(Wade, Horn and Busy, “Fathers, Marriage and Welfare Reform” Hudson Institute Executive Briefing, 1997) – Teenagers in single-parent families and in blended families are three times more likely to need psychological help within a given year.(Peter Hill “Recent Advances in Selected Aspects of Adolescent Development” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1993) – Compared to children from homes disrupted by death, children from divorced homes have more psychological problems. Emery, Marriage, Divorce and Children’s Adjustment” Sage Publications, 1988) That statistic is truly amazing, isn’t it?(Dawson, “Family Structure and Children’s Health and Well-being” Journal of Marriage and the Family) – Most victims of child molestation come from single-parent households or are the children of drug ring members.(Los Angles Times 16 September 1985 The Garbage Generation) – A Child in a female-headed home is 10 times more likely to be beaten or murdered.

But the good news is that romance, love and, yes, even marriage doesn't need to end with divorce.

Generally, if you use discretion and common sense and make an effort not to expose your children to your new boyfriend or girlfriend, it shouldn't be an issue. Maybe -- or maybe not It's interesting to note that second marriages have a higher divorce rate than first marriages.

While the reason for this higher divorce rate is unknown, it could be that some of these second marriages got off to a rocky start, because the ex-spouses didn't deal with the emotional impact of their divorce, and aren't really ready for another relationship -- at least, not yet.

• Be aware that there is a possibility that your dating behavior during divorce could affect custody and parenting issues.

Your children haven't achieved finality and closure of the divorce, and putting a new person in their life right now isn't recommended by child psychologists.

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