Children in New Jersey Divorces Suffer in Math, Social Skills, Study Finds
U.S. News & World Report says that children of divorce are more likely to suffer in their math scores and stay behind their peers in addition to problems with social skills.
Divorce in New Jersey can be a difficult process for everyone involved. But that’s why New Jersey Divorce Lawyers use their years of experience to reduce the stress and anxiety and to take as much of the emotion out of the process as possible. Keeping you well-informed of the process and working to take the emotion out of the proceedings are key to making sure everyone can move forward once the divorce is finalized.
According to the report, the study found that children typically don’t suffer in the pre-divorce time, but after the marriage is dissolved, they tend to fall behind their peers in math and interpersonal social skills. The study of 3,600 children who entered kindergarten in 2008 found that the impacts don’t worsen several years after the divorce, but that children don’t catch up, either.
Along with troubles in school, the children suffered from anxiety, low self-esteem, loneliness and sadness. Researchers found that children could be stressed by an ongoing parental blame game or conflicts with child custody when children are shuffled between separate households or if they are forced to move to a new region and make new friends. Parents’ depression and stress over financial problems are also a factor in how the children react to divorce.
Divorces involving children can be especially difficult, especially when child custody becomes a sticking point. In New Jersey, child custody determinations are based upon “the best interests” of the child. New Jersey courts are required to consider the following factors, among others:
-The parents’ ability to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child.
-The parents’ willingness to accept custody and any history of unwillingness to allow visitation not based on substantiated abuse.
-The interaction and relationship of the child with its parents and siblings.
-The history of domestic violence, if any.
-The safety of the child and the safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other parent.
-The preference of the child when of sufficient age and capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent decision.
-The needs of the child.
-The stability of the home environment offered.
-The quality and continuity of the child’s education.
-The fitness of the parents.
-The geographical proximity of the parents’ home.
-The extent and quality of the time spent with the child prior to or subsequent to the separation.
-The parent’s employment responsibilities.
-The age and number of children.
As you can see, there is a lot of information that must be properly presented to the court. That’s why you should trust a New Jersey child custody law firm that has the knowledge and experience to handle these matters.
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