How does divorce affect teenagers?
Divorce can affect teenagers in many ways. There is no right or wrong way for your children to react; only right and wrong ways to support them through the process. As specialist family law solicitors, we have seen this situation many times.
Divorce and teenage depression
Perhaps the main way in which divorce affects teenagers is that it can either cause or worsen depression. Teenagers are already susceptible to mental health issues, particularly if there has been a period of conflict leading up to the decision of divorce. The breakup and rearrangement of the family unit can in some senses be freeing, as separation can reduce conflict. Despite that, the initial stage of change can be difficult for children to accept.
Angry teenager after divorce
Just as divorce can cause feelings of anger in you, so too can it cause feelings of anger for your children, especially teenagers. The early teenage years (from around 9 to 13) are when children start to become more independent and detach from their parents, and divorce can accelerate this process. This can lead to strained relationships, arguments and even physical violence in the worst cases.