Divorce and Effects on Children


Divorceand Effects on Children

Divorceand Effects on Children

The rate of divorce in the United States of America continues to riseevery year. The trend has various effects on children’s life.Although there are legal procedures that work to protect childrenfrom irresponsible parents or non-committal tendencies as a result ofdivorce, the social and psychological effects cannot beunderestimated (Lansner &amp Reichler, 2014). Children can be at thedisadvantage of the most of the divorce laws. For example, the lawproviding for the no-default divorce for irreconcilable differencesmeans that their parents will ever be together again, and this mayhave the short and long-term effects (Pruett, 2011). In all states,there is a requirement for court ruling for the divorce to becomevalid to agree on the postnuptial plan on children care.

The current policy enforcement in all the states is the postdivorce-parenting plan. It seeks to shield the children from thenegative effects of their parents’ separation and to ensure thatparents are responsible for their children even after walking out oneach other (Pruett, 2011). The parenting plan decides on who takesthe custody of the children and the method of visitation and thefrequency of seeing the children. The non-faulting provision holdsparents responsible for the agreements they make in court and suchagreements are enforceable by the state.

The policy is important on the final project since it help isassessing the role of the state to protect children from the spillingeffects of divorce. Also, the policy ensures that the parentalresponsibility as outlined in the children protection act is notcontravened (Pruett, 2011). For example, a non-valid divorce thathas not passed through the court process might leave the burden onone party who may also withdraw children support. Also, parentswithout a custody plan might battle over the children.


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Pruett, M. (2011).Parenting Plans following Separation/Divorce: DevelopmentalConsiderations. USA: Smith College for Social Work.