Why will poorer kids’ education suffer less in a divorce?

| Nov 8, 2021 | Child Custody

One of spouses’ primary concerns when they decide to divorce, is worrying about how it may impact their kids. 

The more likely you are to divorce, the less it will affect your kids’ education. Those are the findings of a recent study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

How divorce impacts academics

Children from families from higher socioeconomic groups usually do better in education than those from lower ones. There are many reasons for this, including:

  • The ability to pay for better schooling
  • The availability of funds to continue in education longer
  • The stability of their home life

While divorce may not prevent better-off children from attending better schools or going to college, it will disrupt the stability of their home life.

Children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are more likely to have grown up with disruptions all their life, so divorce will cause less upheaval to them than their wealthier counterparts. If you grew up in a single-parent household, which is more likely if you are less well off, watching your mom divorce after she remarried will be less surprising than if you have spent your entire life with two parents. 

How can you help your children through your divorce?

While the report is based on statistics, it is essential to remember that each family and child is different. All children will need considerable support when their parents divorce.

Kids do not necessarily need married parents. What they need are stable parents. If it works better for you to separate, then it will probably be better for your children in the long run.

Building a cooperative co-parenting relationship rather than a conflict-ridden one is crucial. While you cannot go back and change what led to your marriage’s demise, you can decide how you handle your divorce. Working together, rather than fighting each other, will make things easier for you and your children.

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