Why children may struggle uniquely with divorces filed in winter

It is now a well-known fact that divorce rates tend to spike for a period of time after the holiday season has ended. For many couples, opting to split at the start of a new year is appealing. The stress of the holiday season is complete and the hopeful symbolism of a fresh year may inspire a more amicable split than might otherwise be experienced.

If you are currently navigating a divorce or are planning on moving on from your marriage quite soon, this situation might be the healthiest possible option for you. However, it is important for you to understand that any children affected by your divorce may face unique challenges if you have or are planning to initiate your split during the winter months.

One of the primary reasons why children of parents who separate in winter struggle uniquely is that the split occurs in the middle of the school year. Even if neither parent relocates to another school district in the wake of the divorce, this dramatic shift in life at home can significantly impact children’s academic performance and social interactions for a time.

In addition, parents may be so focused on gaining a fresh start in their own minds that they become a little distracted when attending to their child’s reactions to the divorce. Please, if you are divorcing or separating during the winter months, keep an extra close eye on how the process is affecting your child and seek out any resources he or she may need to process this transition in a healthy way.

Source: The Huffington Post, “January Divorces Pose Special Challenges for Children,” Rosalind Sedacca, Jan. 21, 2014

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