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At What Age Does Divorce Affect a Child?

Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

Divorce can affect a child at any age. Even a baby can feel the tension of the adult conflict in a home.

Young children are particularly susceptible and can act out if they are feeling the tension of the adult conflict. Young children often do not fully understand why things are changing so quickly and internalize those fears, often believing that they are the reason that their parents are unhappy.

Public school children often have many questions about the changes and what is happening. They may need extra reassurance if they are disrupted from their routines and it helps to have a neutral third party who they can speak to.

Teenagers are already going through a very difficult time in their lives when their brains are rapidly developing. Teenagers tend to act out and rebel in the face of a divorce. They also quickly learn to turn one parent against the other in a bid to get what they want.

Adult children can also have a negative response to divorce. They often pick sides which may lead to further divisions within the family.


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About the author

Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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