Children After Divorce
A Summary from Blake & Associates Law Firm
By Judith S. Wallerstein
This study of divorced families, conducted over a period of years, shows that adolescence is a period of particularly grave risk for children in divorced families. Through rigorous analysis, statistical and otherwise, it shows that it is not simply the routine angst of young people going through a transition but rather that, for most of them, divorce was the single most important cause of enduring pain and anomie in their lives. As these anxieties peak in the children of divorce throughout our society, the full legacy of the rising divorce rate begins to be apparent. The families later formed by these children as they reach adulthood appear particularly vulnerable.