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Might divorce be particularly tough on boys?

Lots of things can change for a kid when their parents divorce. An important thing to note is that the effects of a divorce of parents on children is not some uniform thing, but rather something that will differ for every child. Many things can impact how a child will react to a divorce and what sorts of challenges they could face in connection to it. One is a child's individual characteristics. For example, as a recent study indicates, a child's gender might have impacts on what things are like for them after their parents divorce.

How to handle the holidays as an adult child of divorce

“You never stop being a parent.” It is a phrase that is often repeated by parents to let their children know that they will always worry about them, that they will always care about the choices they make and will always support them – even after they turn 18.

Child abuse doesn’t have to be physical to cause deep harm

It is well-known that physical abuse can take a big toll on a child. However, child abuse doesn’t have to be physical in nature to have deep negative impacts. As a recent study underscores, non-physical types of abuse, such as emotional abuse, are just as capable of causing a child significant harm.

Addiction can raise special issues in a divorce

All sorts of things can impact what kinds of issues come up in a divorce. This includes the specific circumstances of the divorcing individuals. One type of circumstance that can raise a variety of special issues in a divorce is if one of the divorcing parties suffers from an addiction, such as alcoholism or a drug addiction. 

Good retirement planning could help a marriage

It can be important for a person to make a plan for what they'll do with the free time they'll have in retirement. When a person retires, they can find themselves with much more free time than they are used to, as the many hours that had been taken up by their job suddenly open up. This can be a major change to adjust to. Planning out one's retirement free-time use in advance could help with making it easier to adjust to this change.

Be careful what you say about your ex around the kids

When going through a divorce, your ex is probably far from your favorite person in the world. There are all sorts of negative feelings towards one's ex that might come out during the course of a divorce. It is important for divorcing individuals to not let such negative feelings spur them into actions that could harm their own interests or be harmful to their kids.

Being supportive to a friend going through a divorce

Last post, we discussed some of the things a person may want to think about when deciding who among their friends to go to for emotional support when divorcing. Today, we will talk about the other side of the equation. Many people have friends who are in the divorce process. Thus, there are many who might be wondering: What can I do to be a supportive friend to a friend who is getting divorced?