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Divorce Damages Children’s Exam Results

According to research, a breakdown of family life and divorce have a significant effect on a child's personal life and exam results.

The research, carried out by family lawyers organisation Resolution found that 65% of children had their work and exam results affected due to their parents going through a divorce.

According to the group Resolution, there are over 100,000 children that suffer through a divorce every year.

GCSE’s Most Likely to Suffer

The survey, which was carried out on more than 4,000 students who had went through divorce, found that the impact of divorce had a long lasting effect on their life.

65% of children suffered in their GCSE’s due to divorce with 44% stating their A-levels suffered as a result. 15% felt that the disruption of a divorce led to them moving to a different school, with some believing that this may have affected exam results.

More Tempted to Use Drugs

Worryingly the survey found that just under a quarter of those in the study were comfort eating, or not eating enough, whilst 13% admitted they had experimented, or thought about experimenting with drugs following their parents divorcing. 20% of those surveyed lost contact with a grandparent as a result of divorce.

Russell Hobby, leader of the National Association of Head Teachers believes that although the study is somewhat worrying, there is no way to tell how a child will react following a divorce, and that the effect on exam results can be worse depending on when the breakup takes place.

The study from Resolution believes that it is crucial for couples to speak to a lawyer if they are thinking of going through a divorce to discuss matters collaboration, mediation and arbitration as a way of making the separation process more amicable.

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Chairman Jo Edwards said: “These new findings show the wide-ranging impact of divorce and separation on young people.”

“They underline just how important it is that parents manage their separation in a way that minimises the stress and impact on the entire family, especially children, otherwise their exam results could suffer.

“Divorce and separation is always traumatic, but there is a better way to deal with it.”

Brian Lightman, leader of the ASCL head teachers' union, said: "Teenagers sometimes put on a brave front in the face of family breakdown, but the emotional impact can run deep.

“Children react in different ways but it can lead to disaffection, changes in behaviour, loss of motivation or in some case mental health issues.

"All of these affect their school work.

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