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Understanding the Effects of Divorce on Adult Children

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CA divorce attorneyWhen parents decide to end their marriage, they will likely put a great deal of thought into how their minor children will be affected. In addition to determining how the issues of child custody and visitation will be resolved during divorce, parents often work together to provide their children with emotional support and reassurance, helping them adjust to their new reality of splitting time between two separate households.

Parents of adult children who no longer live at home may not have as many legal issues to resolve during divorce, but they should still be aware of the impact that the end of their marriage will have on the members of their family. Adult children of divorce are often affected in the following ways:

  • Emotional reactions - Parents may believe that children who have established themselves as adults will be less affected by their divorce, but it is important to understand that they will still be likely to feel a great deal of anger and sadness, and they may need some time to adjust to their parents’ new situation.
  • Commitment issues - Children whose parents have divorced are often hesitant to enter new relationships, or they may remain in a bad relationship because they are afraid to repeat their parents’ mistakes.
  • Taking sides - Parents of minor children often work to keep kids from being involved in conflict, but parents of adult children may feel they can be more open about the reasons their marriage failed. This can cause children to feel like they need to choose one parent over the other, which can damage their relationship with both parents.
  • Acting as a confidant - Parents may feel that they can confide in their adult children and lean on them for support. However, a lack of clear boundaries can result in a great deal of stress and anxiety for children.
  • Concerns about the future - The instability that results from divorce will likely cause children to worry about their parents’ ability to financially support themselves, who will care for them as they get older, and how inheritance issues will be handled.

Contact a Los Gatos Divorce Lawyer

While divorce may seem as if it will be a simple matter after children have grown up and left the home, there are still a wide variety of legal issues which must be considered. At the Law Offices of Benita Ventresca, we can help you understand your rights during divorce and work with you and your spouse to reach a mutually beneficial resolution. Contact our Los Gatos, CA divorce attorney at 408-395-8822 to arrange a free consultation.

 

Sources:

http://www.divorcemag.com/blog/advice-for-parents-of-adult-children-of-divorce

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/4-unique-ways-divorce-affects-adult-children-dg/

http://www.divorceandchildren.com/tips-for-parents-of-adult-children-of-divorce/

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