There are many statistics on the impact of divorce on children, even on adult children. A common myth is that divorce ends the intense love / hate relationship however current studies show that couples often fight at the same high pitch intensity 10 years after the divorce. Research shows that when criticism, contempt, defensiveness, or withdrawing is prevalent in a relationship, it predicts divorce by 90% accuracy. According to research, these 4 negative communication techniques often continue after divorce. Divorced couples' enduring anger stems from unforgiveness, and continued feelings of hurt and humiliation fueled by new complaints and jealousies over new partners. To minimize the emotional impact of divorce on children, divorced couples must learn to get along as this is the # 1 factor in children's emotional well being through divorce, in addition to the #1 factor in being able to eventually accept a new partner after the child has psychologically adjusted to divorce.
Augusta Family Counsel uses research based methods to help couples end destructive communication patterns which cause great harm to children. We offer blended family classes and divorce co-parenting classes to empower you to help your child process divorce in addition to helping you co-parent together for the well being of your children.