Children in Divorce

So how can divorce affect my children’s mental health, wellbeing & education? Watch the videos below:


Children in Divorce: 2013

  • Almost half (48%) of couples divorcing in 2013 had at least 1 child aged under 16 living in the family.
  • There were 94,864 children aged under 16 who were in families where the parents divorced in 2013, a decrease of 38% from 2003 when there were 153,088 children.
  • Over a fifth (21%) of children in 2013 were under 5 and 64% were under 11.
  • In 2013 there was an average of 1.71 children aged under 16 per divorcing couple with 1 or more children aged under 16.
  • These changes may reflect the increasing proportion of children born to cohabiting, rather than married couples.
  • 42% of marriages in England & Wales end in divorce
  • 95% of separating couples head off to the Family Courts
  • Britain has the highest divorce rate in the EU. The number of divorces throughout the EU is increasing, with an average of 1.8 divorces for every 1,000 people.
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Explore the media links below to find out more:

Heads warn over pupils’ untreated mental health issues

The cost of divorce isn’t money, but sheer pain: Judge’s warning to parents

Teenagers more likely to fail at exams and take drugs

Divorce ‘damages children’s GCSEs’

Divorce: the devastating cost for children

The toxic truth about DIVORCE all parents must confront

Children turning to drink or drugs after parents split

Stress of divorce can ‘triple risk’ of children getting diabetes

D.I.V.O.R.C.E: The kids aren’t alright!

Children are the victims of divorce fallout

Children of divorce: 82% rather parents separate than ‘stay for the kids’