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Children of divorce may be more susceptible to health issues

The dissolution of a marriage can without a doubt impact the finances and emotional health of those going through it Montana. However, not just adults are affected by divorce. A new study shows that children's health can also be affected by their parents split-up.

In the study, researchers examined both intact and divorced families. The subjects who participated in the study included girls, boys and teenagers between the ages of 2 and 18. The scientists discovered that children whose parents were separated were about two times more likely to develop neurological and dermatological issued compared with children whose families were intact.

Children of divorce were also more likely to develop genitourinary and gastrointestinal issues. The main driver of all of these physical ailments is thought to be stress. However, according to the study, the marital dissolution did not boost children's risk of allergies and sight or hearing problems. In addition, musculo-skeletal, respiratory and cardiovascular problems were not impacted by divorce.

The researchers determined that a marital breakup itself does not lead to health problems in children. Rather, the poor handling of it -- for instance, a lot of infighting between the parents -- is what causes issues. For this reason, alternatives to litigation, such as mediation or collaborative divorce, are becoming increasingly popular. If two parents in Montana can work together to achieve a divorce settlement and parenting agreement that are mutually satisfactory and consider what is in the best interests of the children, this can help to prevent unnecessary problems for both the parents and the children long term.

Source: nydailynews.com, "Kids of divorce twice as at risk for certain health issues: study", Joe Dziemianowicz, May 24, 2017

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