The Effects of Divorce on America This article is adapted from a June 5, 2000 article published by the Heritage Patrick F.
Fagan and Robert Rector American society may have erased the stigma that once accompanied divorce, but it can no longer ignore its massive effects.
Where you once worked together as a team on issues concerning the children, you may now find yourself battling over every little thing.
Each year, over 1 million American children suffer the divorce of their parents (see Chart 1).
Moreover, half of all children born to married parents this year will experience the divorce of their parents before they reach their 18th birthday.
The picture was the same across different generations, suggesting that although divorce and separation have become more common than they once were, the impact they have on mental health has not decreased.
These were said to include a stable family life, stress-free childhood, alcohol-free culture for young people, secure and rewarding employment, positive relationships with friends and neighbours and a socially active old age.