Alabama Children of Divorce Score Lower in Math, Study Says

Posted by Steven D. Eversole | Jun 02, 2011 | 0 Comments

A recent study found that children of divorce lag behind in math test scores and interpersonal social skills and are more likely to suffer from anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem and sadness, U.S. News & World Report says.

Birmingham Divorce Lawyers know how difficult a divorce, especially one involving children, can be on a family. Our firm works to lessen the psychological impact that a divorce or other family law matter can have on the family. With years of experience handling divorce law in Alabama, we understand that hiring the right lawyer to handle this type of sensitive case is imperative.

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According to the story, the study by a University Wisconsin-Madison doctoral candidate found that children usually don't fall behind their peers until after a divorce. And while the negative impacts don't worsen years after the divorce, they tend not to catch up to their peers, either.

The study, published in the June issue of the American Sociological Review, suggests that children may be stressed by a parental blame game or child custody conflicts, which can be compounded by a lack of stability when he or she is shuffled between households. Parents' depression and stress caused by a drop in income are also factors.

While math scores can drop, it appears reading scores are not affected. And while interpersonal skills can be harmed, children don't seem to be at a higher risk for "externalizing" behavior, such as arguing, getting angry or fighting.

Birmingham Divorce Lawyers understand how important the handling of child custody in divorce cases is. Custody and visitation in Alabama is generally broken down into three categories: temporary, legal and physical. Judges are encouraged to order joint custody, but they may deviate if it is in the child or children's best interests.

Temporary custody is an order entered by the judge when the couple files for divorce. Once the final marital agreement is ordered, it will include orders for legal and physical custody. Legal custody means that both parents make the major decisions that affect the child and judges will be looking for a cooperative attitude by the parents in this regard. Physical custody determines where the child will live and when the child will see the other parent.

Obviously, all of these decisions are crucial, not only to the well-being of the child, but also to the parents who will have to abide by the decisions by the court. That's why having a proactive divorce attorney who will work to create the best environment for the parent and child is so crucial.

Our firm is also proficient in handing matters of child support and alimony, both of which can be factors in a divorce proceeding. As outlined in the Child Support Guidelines Rule 32, child support can be calculated by current income or potential for future earnings.

These are all important matters, not only for the well-being of the child, but also for the financial stability of the parent. Trust Birmingham Divorce Lawyers, who will do everything possible within the law to present your best interests.

If you need to speak with a divorce involving children lawyer in Birmingham, contact Eversole Law at 205-981-2450 for a free consultation.

About the Author

Steven D. Eversole

J.D., Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama B.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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