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How do kids act during a divorce, and why?

Divorces affect children in many ways, and what better way to understand how a divorce will affect children than to ask? Children know what they're going through, and they can give adults insight into why they're acting out or responding to the divorces in the ways they are.

In a series of interviews, several children talked about what they went through during a divorce. Not all of the people interviewed were minors, because some adults also struggle with their parents divorcing. Over the course of the interviews, one thing was clear; everyone responds to divorce differently.

Some teens, for example, actually found relief from finding out their parents were going to divorce, according to an interview. Others said they acted out more because of the stress at home. One reported that he became a more aggressive bully at school before starting to feel depressed.

Many children who go through divorce get to see a lower-income home firsthand. Moving to a smaller apartment or home may just be one thing they go through. Some children respect their parents for the effort to make ends meet and to keep them happy, but others felt the stress of financial difficulties.

Still other children struggle with blaming themselves or blaming their parents for everything that is going wrong. It's hard to go through a divorce as an adult, but when your world is falling down around you, it can make you act out in unpredictable ways.

Divorce is hard on everyone. If your child is struggling, therapy could help while you work with your attorney to finalize your divorce.

Source: HuffPost, "7 Ways Divorce Affects Kids, According To The Kids Themselves," Brittany Wong, accessed Aug. 23, 2017

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