Divorce is the legal termination of a marriage. About half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. As with any major life change, divorce can be very stressful, affecting finances, living arrangements, household jobs, schedules and more.
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Approximately 40 percent of all children in the United States come from divorced families. While most children adjust well to their parents' split, 20 to 25 percent of children have trouble dealing with their parents' divorce. Many of the problems these children have can last into their adult years.
Researchers have found that teens, who had received counseling as children, were far more likely than those with no counseling to avoid mental health problems that often plague teens whose parents have split up. Surveys revealed that 23.5 percent of the teens who had no counseling or other help had mental health problems, compared with 11 percent of the teens who had been in the programs. Researchers also found that counseling in childhood reduced marijuana, alcohol, and other illegal drug use and number of sexual partners during the teen years.
Source: SAMHSA Family Guide