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Divorce involving child custody especially impacts girls

Divorce in Michigan is understandably tough on parents, especially if they do not see eye to eye on important matters involving the kids. It is now being said that disputes about issues such as child custody and visitation are also difficult on any kids involved, particularly girls. Divorce appears to be the hardest on girls for a number of reasons.

One reason girls appear to be more affected by divorce than boys is that the relationship between a daughter and father has a significant impact on the girl's life. When a divorce occurs, this relationship's dynamic is challenged. Research suggests that the health of girls has a higher level of sensitivity to a family's structure.

Overall health, smoking -- when viewed as a behavior related to health -- and depression were all worse among female children than male children in a new study. The age of a girl when her parents separate also has an impact; girls from 6 to 10 years old are especially vulnerable. Also, if a father leaves the home when a girl is 5 or under, this has been shown to lead to worse physical health in the girl, even if other males end up entering her life. Although the research emphasized the negative impact of divorce on girls, boys are also affected by divorce, specifically through the emotional, cognitive and education channels.

If possible, two parents who are getting divorced and are dealing with child custody issues in Michigan may want to mediate their divorce rather than going through potentially stressful divorce litigation. Mediation allows both parties to work together to come up with a parenting plan that works for the entire family. In this way, both parents' wishes and needs are considered within the context of the best interests of the child.

Source: parentherald.com, "Parents Separation, Divorce Harder on Girls: Report", Dec. 16, 2015

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